Sandra McElroy, whose testimony helped convince a grand jury not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson, “completely fabricated her story and has a criminal history marked by mental illness, lying to authorities, and blatant racism,” according to Mediaite. The 45-year-old testified that Brown charged at Wilson, which helped to exonerate him.
McElroy was diagnosed as bipolar at the age of 16, though she maintains that she has not taken medication for her condition in the past 25 years. She also admitted that a car accident in 2001 has had lingering effects on her memory.
Furthermore, some have called into question McElroy’s objectivity regarding race, thanks to the topics she “likes” on Facebook. She commented on a September 12 Riverfront Times story reporting that Ferguson city officials had yet to meet with Brown’s family, saying, “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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McElroy also waited nearly four weeks after the fatal shooting to reach out to prosecutors. When she finally spoke with them, her story matched Officer Wilson’s. However, this account of events was leaked to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch days before, leading some to believe she was fabricating her own story solely to stand in solidarity with Wilson.
Shedding further doubt on McElroy’s credibility, is the fact that she gave differing explanations for why she was in Ferguson, which is 30 miles from her home, at the time of Brown’s death. She originally claimed she was in the neighborhood to drop in on a high school classmate, but got lost. She later said she was in the area on August 9, because she likes to “go into all the African-American neighborhoods.” This version was corroborated by a daily journal she kept, in which she also wrote that she needs “to understand the Black race better so I stop calling Blacks Niggers and Start calling them People.”
Mediaite also reports that McElroy has lied to police before, inserting herself into high-profile missing children cases. Could it be that she testified on Darren Wilson’s behalf in a pathetic attempt to get her fifteen minutes? Even if she did, there is still an abundance of evidence which proves the officer shot Brown in self-defense.
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