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McCulloch: I Knew Some Witnesses Were Lying to the Ferguson Grand Jury

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St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch releases the grand jury decision on Darren Wilson.
Why did St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch make the big announcement about the Ferguson grand jury at night? Why didn't he wait? And why did he let witnesses on the stand even when their testimonies were clearly false?

McCulloch answered those questions and more Friday in an interview with McGraw Milhaven on 550 KTRS.

Daily RFT listened to the interview (You can too) and picked out the quotes that answer the most pressing questions still lingering after the grand jury's decision not to indict then-Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

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Journalist Arrested in Ferguson While Filming on Sidewalk Sues St. Louis County Police

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Police arrest Trey Yingst, on the left with a flash hanging from his neck, on November 22 in Ferguson.
A journalist detained by St. Louis County police while filming from a sidewalk two days before the Ferguson grand-jury decision is suing the department and the cop who gave the order for his arrest.

The ACLU of Missouri filed a civil-rights action on behalf of Gerald "Trey" Yingst, a News2Share reporter and producer, against the police and Lt. James Vollmer for its failure to train and supervise officers and for defamation.

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[PHOTOS] Women Who Met as Ferguson Protesters Marry at St. Louis City Hall

Categories: Ferguson, LGBT

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Brittany Ferrell says "yes" to Alexis Templeton.
Surrounded by turmoil in the streets of Ferguson, Alexis Templeton and Brittany Ferrell fell in love.

On Tuesday, the two University of Missouri-St. Louis students and activist leaders started to make their love official by getting engaged on the steps of St. Louis City Hall and applying for their marriage license. The couple says they're still planning their ceremony -- no surprise since Ferrell had only proposed the day before.

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Bob McCulloch's Family Links Him to Darren Wilson Legal Team: Report

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St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch.
When it comes to a prosecutor's relationship to the police, how close is too close?

It's a question some are asking of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch. Weeks after he announced that a grand jury would not indict Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown, protesters are still clamoring for a special prosecutor to reopen the case, and critics continue to cite McCulloch's father -- a cop killed in action by a black robbery suspect when McCulloch was twelve years old -- as reason to doubt his objectivity in police-brutality cases.

But there are other, more recent McCulloch family connections to scrutinize: By way of a cop cousin indicted for assaulting a mentally disabled man and a lawyer brother who frequently defends officers, McCulloch appears to have a web of personal ties to Wilson's legal team.

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The Upsetting Truth About Sandra McElroy, Witness 40 in the Ferguson Grand Jury

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Sandra McElroy, better known as Witness 40 in the Ferguson grand jury.
Riverfront Times' uncensored online comments have always been a troll's haven, but a recent report from The Smoking Gun has Daily RFT reading one particular comment in a new light.

On September 14, Kirkwood resident Sandra McElroy posted on one of our stories about why Ferguson's police chief and mayor hadn't spoken directly to Michael Brown's family after more than a month of outrage and unrest over his death. McElroy commented from Facebook: "But haven't you heard the news, There great great great grandpa may or may not have been owned by one of our great great great grandpas 200 yrs ago. (Sarcasm)."

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A screengrab of McElroy's comment on DailyRFT.
McElroy's ignorant, racially biased, difficult-to-understand, unnecessary, grammatically challenged, not-actually-sarcastic eyeroll of a comment is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how this N-word-using, bipolar woman with a penchant for thrusting herself into newsworthy events influenced the grand-jury investigation into Brown's death.

That's because McElroy is also Witness 40, one of the alleged eyewitnesses whose testimony to the grand jury strongly supported Wilson's version of events. Witness identities are secret, but McElroy admitted she's Witness 40 to The Smoking Gun after the site published an article outing her.

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[PHOTOS] Christmas Carolers Bring Cheer to Ferguson After City Cancels Holiday Parade

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Liam Maupin helps spread the Christmas cheer in front of the Ferguson Fire Station on South Florissant Road.
The Internet is awash with images of Ferguson burning, of police cracking down on demonstrations, of protesters making their stands in the streets. The months-long protests have drawn national attention to policing issues, race relations and to the St. Louis suburb where it all started.

There's more to this vibrant, diverse town than unrest and violence, so when a group of St. Louis-area volunteers organized a night of Christmas caroling in Ferguson last weekend, they were met with cheers and applause by those who call Ferguson home.

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Federal Judge Orders St. Louis Police to Change Tear Gas Protocols

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Danny Wicentowski
A judge has ruled police need to change their tactics when it comes to tear gas.
For months, Ferguson protesters and watchdog organizations have loudly accused police of employing tear gas and "unlawful assembly" orders to collectively punish peaceful demonstrators and silence free speech.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson agreed, issuing a temporary restraining order that seeks to prevent police from using tear gas without providing reasonable warning and means of escape for law abiding protesters.

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Police Charge Ferguson Protesters for Robbery of Livestreamer Chris Schaefer

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A photo of Chris Schaefer shortly after he was allegedly beaten and robbed in a church.
The attack on Chris Schaefer during a strategy meeting last month at Greater St. Mark Missionary Church has resulted in charges -- second-degree robbery, a Class B felony -- for four Ferguson protesters.

The charges stem from the theft of Schaefer's iPhone and charger on November 6. Schaefer, a 22-year-old University of Missouri-St. Louis student, told police that during the meeting several protesters accused him of livestreaming the private gathering. He says they beat him, stole his phone and dragged him outside church, where he was able to run away and call 911. He was later treated at a hospital.

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Ferguson Protesters Are Runners-Up for Time Person of the Year, 2nd Place in Readers' Poll

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A family joins Ferguson protesters nine days after the death of Michael Brown.
They refused to stay silent or to let a lost life be forgotten, and their local outcry reignited a national movement.

That, says Time magazine, is why Ferguson protesters deserve to be runners-up for 2014's Person of the Year.

The magazine's annual honor officially went to another group that's been in the news this year: ebola fighters.

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Angry Rams Fans to Donate Jerseys to the Homeless After Players Support Ferguson

Categories: Ferguson, Sports

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Rams player Kenny Britt Instagramed this photo before last Sunday's game, saying it was dedicated to "#MikeBrown, his family and the Community of #Ferguson."
Are you pissed off that players for the St. Louis Rams are supporting protests against the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner? Ready to boycott the team and get rid of your jersey?

We know just what you should do.

The group Boycott St. Louis Rams is organizing a jersey and clothing drive Saturday for the homeless, accepting donations of Rams gear from fans (or ex-fans) who don't want to sport the team's logo after players publicly supported the Ferguson protest movement.

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