Obama Administration Accused of Leaking Stories To Prepare For The Rejection Of Criminal Charges Against Officer In Ferguson Shooting

1408390089660_Image_galleryImage_Officer_DARREN_WILSON_pic1408392017717_Image_galleryImage_Piaget_Crenshaw_who_livesA former Missouri police chief is publicly saying that the Justice Department is actively leaking reports that it has found insufficient evidence to support federal charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. There is certainly a long and controversial history of the Justice Department leaking stories to the media to pressure targets or to prepare the public in otherwise secret or confidential investigations. While threatening witnesses and others over any disclosures, the Justice Department does not hesitate to make such leaks for political purposes. The question is whether the recent uptick in leaks is such a campaign. There has been an increase in such stories coming from unnamed Justice sources and former St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says that the evidence has supported the officer on a number of points, including a struggle within the cruiser.

Fitch says that the Administration is seeking to “coordinate leaks to the media, and to start getting some of the facts out there to kind of let people down slowly” because they have concluded that charges are “probably very unlikely.”

While he is not required to appear before the grand jury and the vast majority of targets do not appear on advice of counsel, Wilson appeared for hours. The New York Times reports that he gave an account of a struggle inside of the car and a sharply different account from the statement of Michael Brown’s friend, including an autopsy that says that Brown was shot at close range consistent with the officer’s account. The Times reports that forensics tests showed Mr. Brown’s blood on the gun, as well as on the interior door panel and on Officer Wilson’s uniform. Wilson also reportedly has photos of injuries to his face and neck following the struggle.

There are many who believe that the Obama Administration is signaling that no charges will come from the investigation — with many preparing for the possible unrest and violence that may follow such an announcement.

Source: CBS

162 thoughts on “Obama Administration Accused of Leaking Stories To Prepare For The Rejection Of Criminal Charges Against Officer In Ferguson Shooting”

  1. Pogo Hears a Who

    Dredd, I’ll have to assume there’s some content in there.

    I’ll just take it as software instructions run through Google translate in 13 different languages.
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    Of course you will Poko.

    You knickerbockers are knickerbonkers ….

  2. A policeman doesn’t stay in the car when there is a crazy man walking around! Anyone doing what Michael Brown did would be thought to have mental problems.

  3. I understand that Officer Wilson was told by the 911 operator to stay in his car and not follow the suspect who was no doubt innocently eating Skittles and talking to his girlfriend on the phone.

    If only these guys would stay in their cars!

    Then those Quickie Marts would not have to be burned to the ground!

  4. If officer Wilson was able to shoot at and HIT Brown from 100 feet away with just his handgun, that’s some damned fine shooting (in a technical sense). He should be a sharpshooter.

  5. Big deal! The Chief got the distance wrong. Wilson’s vehicle was where it was and Brown’s body laid where he died.

    If you want a better approximation of where Wilson was in relation to Brown, look for the ejected shell casings. If shell casings are located close to Brown’s body, he sure wasn’t shot from 100 ft away.

    Where any shell casings found near Brown’s body?

  6. Jack, “The distance between Wilson’s vehicle and Brown’s body doesn’t mean much of anything.”

    Iit means that the police chief (or the sheriff) was lying. The story was being concocted from the get-go.

  7. Finally , I have some time to get here. It is amazing that the officer fired at close range. It does not surprise me that the DOJ is doing preventative damage control. It is all about appearance and propagandist have a new calling in life.

    1. Pogo – and then there was that other thug in St. Louis who shot at a cop and then ran into his bullet.

  8. bettykath,

    Wilson exited his vehicle and chased Brown. Then Brown turned around and came at Wilson.

    The distance between Wilson’s vehicle and Brown’s body doesn’t mean much of anything.

    1. Pogo – some one on here is sure that George Bush fired the gun from the grassy knoll.

  9. Pogo, if the Rams come back to LA I would be joyous! People who don’t work don’t appreciate how these riots hurt people who do work. I read things about Ferguson businesses moving out.

    As to the shooting, was there any doubt charges were not there? Riots don’t change law. I recommend the Grand Jury make it’s announcement November fifth, when media will be elsewhere.

    Officer Wilson’s life is my concern. I hope he leaves Missouri completely.

  10. Dredd, I’ll have to assume there’s some content in there.

    I’ll just take it as software instructions run through Google translate in 13 different languages.

  11. The “youtes” depicted in the video’s from the white privilege cam are not zombies but they all had one thing in common.

    They all were carrying sandwiches.

  12. Squeely, Knickers, Poko, and PC the S, there is a job opening for a War on Whites research technician.

    When you finish the birther project, go on over and rap them up.

    It seems that the two techies who were doing it have resigned to run for persidunt.

  13. There are lies, damned lies, and right-wing zombie lies. What’s a right-wing zombie lie? It’s an untruth that — no matter how many times it is debunked, no matter how many times it is killed — keeps coming out of the mouths of right-wingers. Most of the rank-and-file conservatives with whom we might interact get their information from conservative media sources. They live inside a right-wing information bubble. Republican politicians are ensconced within it as well. Inside the walls of that closed environment, facts that do not jibe with conservative ideology or the conservative interpretation of events are twisted, turned on their head, or simply ignored. The lies live on.” (HP link, supra)

    1. Dredd – read the hit piece you linked. Lot of rant, little substance. I could list more mistakes Obama has made in his press conferences than Horowitz was accused of making. It is clear from the first sentence that the writer (for lack of a better term) has an agenda and this was going to be a hit piece. When you finally have something of substance link it.

  14. Pogo Hears a Who

    Dredd, your word salad is incomprehensible.
    I’ll take everything you wrote as a compliment.

    Or else as a recipe for a three bean burrito.
    Hard to tell.
    =================================
    You have free will.

    “Draw your neck out of your collar.” – Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

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