(KMOV.com) – A legal expert said the leaking of information in Michael Brown, Jr. case could part of an effort to diffuse anger if the grand jury decides not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.
“Whenever there are leaks, I think there is cause for some degree of surprise,” said Washington University law professor Peter Joy.
Joy said police often leak information about a case with a clear purpose.
“Most of the time, at least history shows those leaks are coming from the police and basically it’s to paint a bad picture of the defendant,” Joy said.
Joy said recent leaks favor Wilson. According to reports, Wilson claims Michael Brown fought to get his gun and even pushed the barrel towards Wilson. Wilson also claims Brown, after starting to run away, turned around and started to come at him and kept doing so even after Brown was shot. Wilson also claims Brown did not have his hands up, which contradicts the accounts of some witnesses.
“Maybe this is to get people prepared for the fact that there’s not going to be an indictment. Maybe some of the reasons why Wilson will not be indicted are being floated out there to soften the blow to a lot of people in the community,” Joy said.
Ano attorney for Brown's family released the following statement:
“What we want to know is why Officer Wilson shot Michael Brown and killed him even though he was more than 20 feet away.”
The attorney also said the Brown family is encouraging people to take their frustrations out at the ballot box and not in the street.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch also released a statement to News 4:
“Our office does not release and certainly does not leak information on current investigations. As I’ve said in the past, the release of information can have a detrimental effect on that investigation. We will continue to present the Darren Wilson case to the Grand Jury.”