#Ferguson Grand Jury will reconvene on Monday

Ferguson protesters on Nov 22ndThe grand jury investigating the killing of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson is not meeting this weekend and will reconvene Monday, sources told ABC News.

Speculation that a decision on whether to indict Wilson in the shooting was coming soon has increased tensions in a town that already was on edge.

Federal, state and county officials have been ramping up their readiness in case there is a fresh wave of angry and, at times, violent protests over the jury’s decision. Protesters have been demanding that Wilson be charged with murder for the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown.

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170 Responses to #Ferguson Grand Jury will reconvene on Monday

  1. Ametia says:

    Did Don Lemon just blame Ferguson ‘commotion’ on ‘bloggers’

    Moments ago on CNN, hosts Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo were discussing some commotion at a midday press conference amid the troubles in Ferguson, Mo. When Cuomo asked what went on, Lemon sprinted away on a memorable riff demonizing…bloggers:

    OK, here’s the thing that people at home should understand. So there is this outrage that everyone thinks is out there. Most of that outrage is coming from the Internet and social media. When you actually come here on the ground and the people who are actual protesters…most of them peaceful.


  2. Liza says:

    I keep thinking of this song by Los Lobos, One Time One Night.

  3. Darren Wilson tells ABC he has a ‘clean conscience,’ and would shoot Michael Brown again http://zite.to/1uUJWAd

  4. Liza says:

    Just reassurance from AG Holder, nothing new.

    Holder: Federal Ferguson investigation will continue
    By Jeremy Diamond, CNN
    updated 5:43 PM EST, Tue November 25, 2014

    Washington (CNN) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday night that a federal civil rights investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown will continue despite a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.

    Holder noted that federal civil rights cases have a “high legal bar,” but said federal investigators have “resisted forming premature conclusions.”
    Ferguson on fire

    “Though we have shared information with local prosecutors during the course of our investigation, the federal inquiry has been independent of the local one from the start, and remains so now,” Holder said in a statement. “Even at this mature stage of the investigation, we have avoided prejudging any of the evidence.”

    He added that the Justice Department is also still investigating allegations of misconduct by the Ferguson Police Department.


    • Liza says:

      Today’s comments from AG Holder. Says that DOJ will be “launching pilot programs in five cities to help build better relationships between the police forces and the communities they serve.”

      Eric Holder promises ‘thorough’ civil-rights probe in Ferguson

      By Phillip Swarts – The Washington Times – Tuesday, November 25, 2014

      The Justice Department’s civil rights investigation in Ferguson will be “thorough,” Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday, adding that law enforcement must work to “restore trust” and “foster understanding.”

      Mr. Holder’s comments come the day after a grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of black teenager Michael Brown. The announcement set off a wave of protests around the country and rioting in Ferguson.

      Mr. Holder said he was “disappointed that some members of the community resorted to violence,” and that the “acts of violence threaten to drown out those that have legitimate voices.”

      “The way we’ve made progress in this country is we’ve seen peaceful, nonviolent demonstrations,” the attorney general said.

      Problems of racial mistrust aren’t isolated to Ferguson, and Mr. Holder said the Justice Department is launching pilot programs in five cities to help build better relationships between the police forces and the communities they serve.

      Department officials said they would announce the five cities within the coming days.

      “This isn’t just about talking,” Mr. Holder said of the program. “We want to make sure concrete steps are taken.”

      Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/nov/25/holder-promises-thorough-probe-ferguson/#ixzz3K7LllGoA

  5. rikyrah says:

    Edward Leto ✨ @DarthShada

    And later for you niggas RT @Nerdonic: New Black = I am famous, most of my fans are white, and I’d rather not deal with racial issues

    • Ametia says:

      ….And then there’s Garth Brooks canceling appearances

      Garth Brooks Cancels Fallon,’Today’ Show In Wake of Ferguson Fury (Exclusive)

      Garth Brooks is shelving some high profile appearances, including “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” in light of the Ferguson grand jury decision and its subsequent national protests, TheWrap has learned.

      In addition to a visit with Fallon, he’s called off chats with the “Today” show and “Live! with Kelly and Michael,” individuals close to the productions told TheWrap. Both appearances were slated to tape Tuesday.


  6. rikyrah says:

    PragmaticObotsUnite @PragObots

    New Black MT @TheRoot: #PharrellWilliams thinks people should also discuss #MikeBrown’s ‘bully behavior’ #Ferguson http://bit.ly/1pjS5gK

  7. rikyrah says:

    CBS News ✔ @CBSNews

    Sharpton: “I’ve never seen a prosecutor hold a press conference to discredit a victim” – http://cbsn.ws/1HEDcM8 pic.twitter.com/m11GlqhLvS
    Retweeted by PragmaticObotsUnite

  8. rikyrah says:

    I went for a long swim this morning. I was a prune when I got out, and then lunch with Peanut and her grandma. I have not turned on the news

  9. Ladies check your email

    • Liza says:

      When I saw Darren Wilson’s picture for the first time I thought he looked like a Nazi. I still do, and it fits, he certainly could have been a Nazi.

  10. America has slipped into pitch black darkness. And it’s going to get a lot worse. Racists aren’t hiding anymore. The pointed hoods are off.

  11. A white man can go into a Grand Jury room & tell the most outrageous made up lie about his fear & he’s believed over 8 eyewitnesses. Very Frightening!

  12. rikyrah says:

    went to sleep with the images of Mike Brown’s parents on my mind.

    White people simply do not understand the fundamental lack of trust in law enforcement that exists within the Black community. And, they don’t understand why that undermines this country as a whole.

    I’m not talking about Pookey and Ray-Ray having no trust.

    I’m talking about my and the overwhelming swaths of Black America that gets up, goes to work everyday, and loves their family. The people like me, who have never had nothing more than a parking ticket in terms of ‘ infractions’.

    I do not trust law enforcement.

    If on a jury, I would never give them the benefit of the doubt.

    I wouldn’t trust a word that comes out of their mouths.


    I have three degrees and I have no more trust in law enforcement than Pookey.

    If you don’t understand what that means…

    oh well.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Blair LM Kelley @profblmkelley

    No photos. No measurements. Of a crime scene.
    Retweeted by PragmaticObotsUnite

  14. rikyrah says:

    The Real Segun Idowu @RevrendDoctor

    Over a cigarillo; over a toy gun; over a darkened hallway; over loud music; over skittles and iced tea; over a wallet, we can be killed.
    8:34 PM – 24 Nov 2014

  15. rikyrah says:

    The-O-Diamond @PlatinumT

    I’m raising a young Black man and he asked me, “mama what do I do so that doesn’t happen to me?”
    9:09 PM – 24 Nov 2014

  16. rikyrah says:

    Elon James White @elonjames

    “As tragic as this is, it wasn’t a crime.” If shooting a wounded unarmed teen is not a crime then maybe it fucking should be. #Ferguson
    8:58 PM – 24 Nov 2014

  17. rikyrah says:

    Petty LaBelle @d_Sassy1ne

    My 7 year old son just said: “Don’t worry mom. If we want to live, we just have to stay home”. I’m turning off my tv. My heart just broke
    9:01 PM – 24 Nov 2014

  18. rikyrah says:

    Bobfr @Our4thEstate

    No One, EVER, will erase the fact that a WHITE cop executed a BLACK youth simply for being young & BLACK. #Ferguson cc @TheJusticeDept @vj44
    1:04 AM – 25 Nov 2014

  19. rikyrah says:

    Action @BoneKnightmare

    Ferguson Prosecutor’s Idiot Speech Blames Everyone But Darren Wilson http://pulse.me/s/38UjZO
    12:28 AM – 25 Nov 2014

  20. CNN reported Bob McCulloch wanted the Feds to stand by him during the press conference and they declined.

  21. The non indictment of Darren Wilson is the biggest case of white supremacy injustice ever!

    I.F. Stone

  22. It’s appalling to suggest folks keep calm while our kids are being gunned down in the streets & no recourse for justice. Fuck you!

  23. I can’t sleep. In despair. Our kids can be gunned down in the streets and there is no place to go for help. None. There are no laws to protect us.

  24. Black men are convicted on the testimony of one eyewitness & but can’t get an indictment for Darren Wilson with 8 eyewitnesses. Got dammit!

  25. This bullshit coming from a police officer! Darren Wilson played on white fear to the max.


  26. What is despair? Living in a country where your blk skin denies you equal justice under the law. Unarmed & 8 eyewitnesses be damned.

  27. Claire McCaskill could have called for a special prosecutor but refused. Now she’s calling for peace in Ferguson. FUCK YOU, CLAIRE!

  28. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    We’ve just learned the grand jury convened to investigate the shooting death of Michael Brown has chosen not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.

    C, this is a devastating setback in our fight for justice. But the grand jury’s decision does not mean a crime was not committed in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9. It does not mean we are done fighting for Michael Brown.

    Sign our petition to the Department of Justice. Demand resolution to the federal, criminal civil rights investigation into Michael Brown’s death.

    We are all filled with frustration, disbelief, and anger over this decision. That the officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man with his hands in the air remains free is appalling. Local officials in Ferguson utterly failed in their duties to conduct an open and transparent investigation.

    The local prosecutor who oversaw the grand jury process has significant personal, family, and professional ties to the local police department—the same local police who were slow to talk to witnesses and eager to attack protesters and journalists.

    We will not allow this to be another Sanford, Florida. We will not allow the justice system to let us down once more. Take action today, for Michael, and for all of our sons.

    While the NAACP joins the community in standing for peaceful protest, we will hold law enforcement officials accountable and ask that they adhere to the rules of engagement agreed upon.

    We stand united with the community and other activists groups, demanding that all police officers wear operable body cameras; police departments reflect the diversity of the community that they are serving; and that Congress passes the End Racial Profiling Act.

    Sign our petition to the Department of Justice right now:


    Thank you,

    Cornell William Brooks
    President and CEO

  29. Ametia says:

    FUCK OUTTA HERE, Claire!

    Senator Claire McCaskill asks for peace following Ferguson decision
    Source: AP

    ST. LOUIS (AP) – U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is calling for residents and law enforcement in her home state to remain peaceful after the announcement that a white police officer will not be indicted in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old.

    The Democratic senator made the comments Monday night after official word of the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown.

    McCaskill called the announcement “a result of a deliberate legal process.” She says the result is being “independently checked” by a separate U.S. Justice Department investigation

    Read more: http://www.komu.com/news/senator-claire-mccaskill-asks-for-peace-following-ferguson-decision/

  30. Ametia says:


    What about this statement by PBO angers folks?

  31. rikyrah says:

    itgurl @itgurl_29

    @Charmed86 @resan @PragmaticObot @PragObots These same ppl who are enraged right now were bashing the voter drives in Ferguson in October.

  32. rikyrah says:

    Jeet Heer @HeerJeet

    I was expecting a miscarriage of justice but even I underestimated the sheer malice & knife-twisting that would accompany it.
    8:43 PM – 24 Nov 2014 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    • rikyrah says:

      Jeet Heer @HeerJeet

      Not so much the decision but way decision was delivered: the effrontery, the defiance, the lack of any acknowledgment of family’s pain.
      8:48 PM – 24 Nov 2014 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

      • rikyrah says:

        Jeet Heer @HeerJeet

        To complain about social media is to say not only should their be no trial but Brown’s community shouldn’t be allowed to tell their stories
        8:58 PM – 24 Nov 2014 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

      • Ametia says:

        Blaming social media for calling out their racist ass lying bullshit & evil intentions.

  33. rikyrah says:

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971

    So we’re more upset at the President than Jay Nixon and Bob McCulloch? Don’t ever change Twitter militants don’t ever change.

    • Ametia says:

      President Obama didn’t riddle Michael Brown full of bullets EXECUTION-STYLE. GEESH!
      Darren Wilson, KILLER COP EXECUTED Michael Brown Jr.
      Sometimes, Black folks are their own worse enemy

  34. Ametia says:


  35. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Here is a NYC lifestream of demonstration:


  36. Bob McCulloch sat on the GJ decision all day and waited like a vulture on a fence post for darkness to fall. He is evil & racist to the bone.

  37. rikyrah says:

    Elon James White @elonjames

    When people ask “Why do you have to be “Black.” Why can’t you just be “American?” Remember this day. #Ferguson #NoIndictment

  38. rikyrah says:

    In 2010, U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases. Grand juries declined to indict in 11 of them.

  39. Bob McCulloch held a secret trial with the Grand Jury while Gov Jay Nixon allowed it.

  40. Darren Wilson KNEW he wasn’t going to get indicted. That’s why he got married, bought a house with all that celebratory money raised for him.

  41. Liza says:

    Tonight we are in Emmett Till’s America.

    • rikyrah says:


      but I’ll leave you with this..

      Emmett Till’s America was more honest.

      They didn’t pretend for months on end something they had decided from the get go.

      • Liza says:

        Yeah, that seems to be the one difference between then and now, the pretense of equality before the law even when it’s done this badly.

  42. rikyrah says:

    Wesley Lowery ✔ @WesleyLowery

    On day 2, police said body was 35 feet away from Wilson’s vehicle. As @ShaunKing proved and McCulloch now says, was really 150 feet away.

  43. Liza says:

    Perfect on McCulloch’s “grandstanding”…


  44. rikyrah says:

    David Corn ✔ @DavidCornDC

    Darren Wilson goes unprosecuted. Since 2004, St. Louis County cops have killed at least 14 people. None was charged. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/11/darren-wilson-grand-jury-decision-ferguson-police-prosecutions

  45. rikyrah says:

    OF COURSE, there’s no indictment. We knew there would be no indictment.

    I really don’t have patience right now. I just need to retreat and be full of rage.

  46. rikyrah says:

    Prayers for the Brown family.

  47. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    deray mckesson @deray

    The Results Are In: No Indictment of Darren Wilson. The fight continues, the movement lives. Our response: http://bit.ly/GJResultsAreIn

    • Liza says:

      No one who has been watching this for the last several months is surprised. Yet, it is another dark and ugly and extremely painful hour in the history of this country. I have to keep reminding myself that we are over 14 years into the 21st century.

  48. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    deray mckesson @deray · 1m 1 minute ago
    McCulloch criticized social media for spreading misinformation. #Ferguson

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      deray mckesson @deray · 21s 22 seconds ago
      McCulloch takes another dig at social media. But were it not for Twitter, he would’ve convinced the world that we didn’t exist.

      deray mckesson @deray · now
      Wow. This press conference is crazy. He is completely setting it up for a no. #Ferguson

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      deray mckesson @deray · 3s 3 seconds ago
      McCulloch is actually refuting individual witness statements. #Ferguson

    • Liza says:

      We know where this is going. McCulloch is as loathsome a piece of sh!t as the killer, in my opinion.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      deray mckesson @deray · 12s 12 seconds ago
      This conference has my blood pressure through the roof. I was calm up until his statement. #Ferguson

      deray mckesson @deray · 8s 8 seconds ago
      McCulloch has taken a ton of digs to the media. #Ferguson

    • Ametia says:

      Fuck McCulloch. social media didn’t riddle Michael Brown Jr.’s body full of bullets execution-style!

  49. I’m hyperventilating …

  50. rikyrah says:

    Kiara Rhodes @NthnEvenMatters

    Dear White People, Stop telling us what MLK would think of today’s world. Maybe we’d know if y’all didn’t kill him. Thanks, Black People

  51. The Brown family has been treated with such disrespect.Their child laid on the ground for 4 1/2 hrs & having to wait 108 days to see if the killer is indicted and then hearing about the Grand Jury decision from the media instead of prosecutors office. It’s a kick in the stomach with a boot.

  52. rikyrah says:

    jesseWilliams. ✔ @iJesseWilliams

    Just charged, not sentenced. We simply ask that it be deemed WORTH looking into, fully and in the… http://instagram.com/p/vzVJCVHe_j/
    6:08 PM – 24 Nov 2014

  53. rikyrah says:

    Madeline Marshall ✔ @Maddie_Marshall

    Police in August: Please don’t protest at night. Police in November: Let’s announce the decision at 8pm.
    5:26 PM – 24 Nov 2014

  54. rikyrah says:

    Tim Wise @timjacobwise

    Grand Jury decision after dark? It’s as if DA hoping 4protester violence so they can justify more repression &maintain reactionary narrative
    6:06 PM – 24 Nov 2014

  55. rikyrah says:

    Glen Coco @MrPooni

    What is white privilege? It’s being safe in the knowledge that you can gun down a 12 year old black child like Tamir Rice with impunity.

    Glen Coco @MrPooni

    What is white privilege? It’s people like Darren Wilson and George Zimmerman actively profiting from the murder of black children.
    5:59 PM – 23 Nov 2014

  56. rikyrah says:

    Propane Jane @docrocktex26

    By Rudy Giuliani’s “logic”, we should send Black police officers to White communities because White ppl are more likely to kill White ppl.

    Propane Jane @docrocktex26

    Racists are quick to scream Black on Black crime, but when you mention mass shooters’ White on White crime they go dead silent. Telling.
    7:25 AM – 24 Nov 2014

  57. Anderson Cooper reporting @nytimes: Darren Wilson NOT told to turn himself in.

    • Liza says:

      Yeah, not one thing that has happened yet since DW murdered Michael Brown points toward an indictment. Not one thing.

  58. Liza says:

    Jay Nixon needs to go. It’s hard to believe he’s a Democrat, or even what passes for a Democrat in the Confederacy.


  59. Mayor Slay: Property property property. Don’t damage the property. Blah blah fuckety blah.

  60. BREAKING: Ferguson Grand Jury will announce decision at 8 p.m.

  61. I want to hear commentary from Lizz Brown. She’s from St Louis for crying out loud. The media kills me. Talk to the people there who know what’s going on.

  62. yahtzeebutterfly says:


  63. IStandWithFerguson

  64. Breaking News

    CNN reporting the Ferguson Grand Jury decision will be announced later today.

  65. Look at this! He’s moving along like nothing has happened.


  66. Woman dead after accidentally shooting herself with gun bought for Ferguson protection


    A woman accidentally shot and killed herself late Friday with a gun she bought to protect herself from unrest in Ferguson.

    The woman, identified by police as 26-year-old Becca Campbell, was riding in a car with her boyfriend near some vacant lots in downtown St. Louis, reported CNN.

    The 33-year-old man, whose name was not released, said Campbell waved the gun around and joked that the couple was ready for possible violence related to the pending grand jury decision in the death of Michael Brown.

    “We’re ready for Ferguson,” she allegedly said.

    The man said he ducked to avoid the weapon and accidentally wrecked into the rear of another vehicle.

    The crash caused the gun to fire accidentally, and Campbell was struck in the head by a bullet.

    She later died at a hospital.

  67. LIVE: in Ferguson

    • eliihass says:

      Cannot give up. We must hope, but more importantly, stand guard and persist in our demand for justice for Michael, Trayvon and all of our black kids and adults!! We must demand the same intensity and whipped up moral outrage focused on Bill Cosby, by many of the same people who’ve all but ignored or pretty much poo pooed the cold blooded murder of 18 year old Michael Brown. Alleged rape accusations are far more deserving of public uproar and loud moral outrage than the murder of an unarmed black kid at the hands of a police officer on broad daylight. Kid’s bullet-ridden body was left on the street for almost 5 hours. But never mind that, what’s more outrageous is Janice Dickinson’s tale of hanging out with a married guy and maybe getting raped or not decades ago.

    • Liza says:

      There is still the DOJ, which is slow, but definitely not eliminated from the chain of events that will follow the GJ decision.

  68. rikyrah says:

    LiberalPhenom @LiberalPhenom

    Merlie Edgars said Jim Crow now wears Brooks Bros suits. I would add they also run our media and institutions like @smithsonian
    10:12 PM – 22 Nov 2014

    • Liza says:

      Corporate news media stirs sh!t, that’s all they do.

      One of the biggest problems I see are these cable and satellite TV packages that are bundled. My cable TV is one notch up from basic cable and I have Fox News in my package. So these garbage “news” stations just get rammed down our throats even if we despise them.

      What if customers could pick and choose? Imagine how much the customer base would shrink on these news stations which translates to loss of revenue. Do you think we would have fewer of them and one or two might step up and try to be a real news station?

      I dunno. But easy money usually is the precursor to poor quality. Just sayin…

    • rikyrah says:

      Tommy Christopher @tommyxtopher

      Rudy Giuliani goes on racist rant, says @MichaelEDyson and “blacks” should stop “killing each other” http://thedailybanter.com/2014/11/rudy-giuliani-goes-balls-racist-meet-press/
      12:48 PM – 23 Nov 2014

      • eliihass says:

        But how can that be??? Giuliani is no racist!! He lives in New York, was Mayor of that wonderfully ‘liberal’ City. He’s tight friends with gays, even roomed with one when his wife kicked him out for cheating. Just like Trump, he likes and us friends with the Clintons our liberal icons, supports a lot of liberal causes and hangs out with some noteworthy Democrats. Mayor 9-11 and a verb is a no nonsense disciplined patriot!! If only black people would stop giving him reason to show his racist side. Look how you’ve gone and made him say and look how you make him look so racist – and after all he’s done for black people in New York!! Ungrateful blacks. Now Rudy, Trump and the Clintons can trade experiences about these ungrateful blacks.

  69. eliihass says:

    Isolated 20 year old kid Adam Lanza’s deteriorating mental health and fascination for mass violence was misunderstood, and his problems mistreated. His loving mother who continued to buy him guns, did her best as a single mother who did not want her little boy stigmatized.

    Michael Brown, a 6’4, 180 pounds 18 year old black man who may have once smoked pot, and may have ‘robbed’ a pack of cigarillos from a store at thumbs point, deserved to be murdered in cold blood by the nice police officer who was acting in self defense during a jaywalking stop after he felt threatened by the unarmed 18 year old big black man walking 180 yards away from the nice police officer safely tucked away in his squad car.

    • Ametia says:


      • eliihass says:

        Doesn’t it make you wonder Ametia? A 20 year old is a kid, and the 18 year old is a man. The killer is treated with compassion and the unarmed murdered victim is maligned. Excuses are made for the cold blooded killer – his parents divorce exacerbated his mental state, so his mother tried to shield him from the stigma by plying him with guns. Yet, Michael Brown’s mother – a woman who lost her son for no good reason gets no courtesy or empathy. Not from the police who murdered her son in cold blood, or from his police department. Not from the governor or the justice system in Missouri. She gets nothing from the media who keep insinuating her son somehow brought it upon himself and are more concerned with protecting Michael’s murderer and clearing the way for him to be exonerated and going on to live his life without being bothered.

        Michael Smerconish and Joe Scarborough are representative of the pervasive and despicable racist mindset that afflicts the so-called ‘moderate’ beltway conservative/libertarian crowd, who continually permeate so-called liberal/progressive circles and are besties with a whole bunch of our own people. Can you begin to imagine what consists of the hard right-wing ? Can you imagine what the likes of Smerconish and Scarborough say and do when they aren’t holding court on what qualifies as ‘liberal’ media outlets??

  70. I Stand With Ferguson! Keep on Pushin’

  71. rikyrah says:

    Wendell Pierce ✔ @WendellPierce

    With all the calls for peaceful protest, when is someone going to call for proper policing. No weapons drawn directly at unarmed citizens
    7:34 PM – 21 Nov 2014

  72. Darren Wilson has been meeting with network anchors: What the heck?


    Credit CNN’s Brian Stelter with a very big scoop. On today’s “Reliable Sources” media-news program, Stelter reported that “high-profile news anchors” have spoken in “secret locations” with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The sessions have been off-the-record and, the way Stelter tells it, they’ve been auditions for one of the biggest exclusives of this century — namely, the sit-down talk with the elusive officer who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9.

    Some details exist. NBC News’s Matt Lauer, ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos, CBS News’s Scott Pelley and Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon of CNN have met with Wilson, according to Stelter.

    “Because it was off the record, those anchors can’t talk about the meetings and the networks can’t even confirm that they happened,” Stelter notes.

    For just about any other story, this would be standard television ritual, no big deal. In off-the-record negotiations, networks commonly court all kinds of interview “gets” — celebrities, athletes, scholars and unintentional public figures like Wilson himself. Someone secures the exclusive and goes on a PR blitz, and the losers sulk.

    Yet this is the case of Darren Wilson. As the Washington Post’s Chico Harlan noted in a recent story, Wilson has pulled off an extraordinary disappearing act since his clash with Brown. So absolute has been his exit from the public eye that the St. Louis County prosecutors’ office said that “several” pending felony cases relying on testimony from Wilson “could not proceed” in his absence, Harlan reported.

  73. Here we go, folks! The fix continues…

    Breaking News: The #Ferguson Grand Jury not to release evidence if no indictment.

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