Miami Commissioner and former public defender Keon Hardemon took to Twitter Tuesday morning to blast the tactics of a St. Louis County prosecutor before a grand jury that declined to indict the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.
The grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, announced by prosecuting attorney Robert P. McCulloch during an 8 p.m. press conference, led to clashes between police and protestors on the streets of Ferguson, where Wilson shot Michael Brown, 18, following a scuffle.
Locally, Miami officials braced for potential protests Monday night. But all was quiet.
On Tuesday, however, Miami’s only African American commissioner -- and the son of a Miami police officer -- spoke out. He reacted to the release of details and transcripts from the grand jury proceedings by saying that the indictment was “sabotaged” and that “the grand jury was used.” He said McCulloch's presentation of conflicting testimony and the decision to allow Wilson to testify was telling.
Here are Hardemon's tweets, presented in order:
"#Food for thought:a prosecutor under normal circumstance would not present conflicting evidence to grand jury if he is seeking an indictment"
"A #prosecutor only puts on enough evidence to get an indictment. No more. No less. It's not about fairness. It's about the charge."
"Presenting the potential #defendant's testimony is a tactic used by prosecutors to have the jury rule against the indictment."
"Probable cause is the only hurdle at the grand jury stage. I hate to say it but the truth is the truth. This was sabotaged."
"The defendant doesn't have the right to testify to grand jury. He was allowed to create doubt. The grand jury was used."