Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers Association, appeared on Wednesday night’s ‘All In’ to discuss the ways police officers are viewed by the people they are tasked with protecting. During the course of the conversation, Roorda tells Chris Hayes that St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney, Bob McCulloch only convened a Grand Jury to “oblige the public outcry when he didn’t believe there was enough to charge.”
Below is a transcript of that conversation:
HAYES: Mr. Roorda, if this is the best process that will can be offered,
will you commit here on air for calling for Bob McCulloch to pursue this
process in all subsequent cases?
ROORDA: The process that Bob McCulloch used in this case was different.
It was to oblige the public outcry when he didn`t believe there was enough
to charge. He didn`t believe that the evidence led to the conclusion that
the officer violated the law, but he still took it –
HAYES: If it`s a good process, should the prosecutor demand that process -
ROORDA: He still provided all the evidence to the grand jurors and they
reached the same conclusion that he did.
HAYES: If the process is a good process, should the prosecutor always use
that process, yes or no?
ROORDA: No, he shouldn`t have used in this case. He should have said
there`s not enough evidence to pursue a charge here. He should have never
taken it to the grand jury.