Ferguson: Why was the grand jury decision kept secret for hours?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Holly Yan
CNN.com
Tue November 25, 2014

(CNN) — During the height of the months-long protests in Ferguson last summer, police said demonstrators could protest all they want — as long as they stayed home after dark.

The reasoning back then: Troublemakers from outside the city come in to create chaos under cover of darkness, making police’s job of maintaining order difficult.

And yet, even though a grand jury reached a decision on whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson by Monday afternoon, the decision wasn’t publicized until hours later — around 8 p.m. in Missouri.

So why did officials wait so long?

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was asked by reporters about the nighttime announcement. Nixon said the decision was made solely by St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch.

CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said McCulloch’s decision was “foolish and dangerous.”

“I find this a completely bizarre decision to do this at night,” Toobin said.

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