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(CNN) – Former Federal Prosecutor Paul Butler slammed the handling of the Ferguson grand jury, which decided Monday not to bring charges against Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
"This grand jury was not going to indict the police officer for killing this young black child. Why? Because the prosecutor did not want them to," Butler said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
Butler echoed other critics of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, noting McCulloch's strong ties to police officers.
"He's got six in his immediate family and his father was tragically killed by a young, black man. So was he the person to bring this case? No," said Butler.
"As a former prosecutor, I was embarrassed by that press conference yesterday," he said.
At that Monday press conference, McCulloch touched on a variety of topics: the role of the 24-hour news cycle, the relative unreliability of eyewitnesses and the evidence and testimony in the case.
"He said that there was a problem with the evidence, conflicting testimony. That's up to a jury in a regular criminal proceeding to decide the credibility of the witnesses," said John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor Gloria J. Browne-Marshall.
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