Prosecutor faces new criticism over Ferguson case
FERGUSON, MO - A Missouri prosecutor is facing renewed scrutiny of his handling of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer - including his decision to have a grand jury decide if the officer would face charges.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced Monday that the grand jury opted not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting because of a lack of evidence.
Brown family attorneys and activists said Tuesday that everything from how evidence was presented to the grand jury to the way McCulloch delivered the news of its decision bolstered their belief that the outcome was predetermined.
They say they believe the grand jury decision reflected McCulloch's views, and are angry he ignored their request to appoint a special prosecutor to the case.
Police have dispersed protesters from the streets of Ferguson after second night of demonstrations.
Tuesday was far calmer than the previous night, though officers did have to extinguish a police car that was set on fire and vandals managed to damage some additional storefronts.
Several arrests were made, but the protests did not approach the chaos of the previous night, which saw arson, looting and rioting in the streets.
Members of the National Guard - which tripled its numbers in the Ferguson region Tuesday - were far more visible and remained posted throughout the city after the protests ended.