sandra mcelroy

*An explosive investigative report from TheSmokingGun.com has exposed Sandra McElroy (pictured above), a key Ferguson witness (#40) whose testimony to the grand jury that exonerated Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, as a fraud and documented racist.

By exposing McElroy, the report also questions the efficacy of the grand jury process in the Ferguson case, because court documents show that prosecutors and federal investigators knew McElroy’s story of witnessing the confrontation between Brown and Wilson was not truthful.

TheSmokingGun.com expose pretty much proves that McElroy was not even at the scene of the shooting at all:

The grand jury witness who testified that she saw Michael Brown pummel a cop before charging at him “like a football player, head down,” is a troubled, bipolar Missouri woman with a criminal past who has a history of making racist remarks and once insinuated herself into another high-profile St. Louis criminal case with claims that police eventually dismissed as a “complete fabrication,” The Smoking Gun has learned.

In interviews with police, FBI agents, and federal and state prosecutors–as well as during two separate appearances before the grand jury that ultimately declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson–the purported eyewitness delivered a preposterous and perjurious account of the fatal encounter in Ferguson.

Referred to only as “Witness 40” in grand jury material, the woman concocted a story that is now baked into the narrative of the Ferguson grand jury, a panel before which she had no business appearing.

While the “hands-up” account of Dorian Johnson is often cited by those who demanded Wilson’s indictment, “Witness 40”’s testimony about seeing Brown batter Wilson and then rush the cop like a defensive end has repeatedly been pointed to by Wilson supporters as directly corroborative of the officer’s version of the August 9 confrontation. The “Witness 40” testimony, as Fox News sees it, is proof that the 18-year-old Brown’s killing was justified, and that the Ferguson grand jury got it right.

However, unlike Johnson, “Witness 40”–a 45-year-old St. Louis resident named Sandra McElroy–was nowhere near Canfield Drive on the Saturday afternoon Brown was shot to death.

Though prosecutors have sought to cloak the identity of grand jury witnesses, a TSG investigation has identified McElroy as “Witness 40.” A careful analysis of information contained in the unredacted portions of “Witness 40”’s grand jury testimony helped reporters identify McElroy and then conclusively match up details of her life with those of “Witness 40.”

TSG examined criminal, civil, matrimonial, and bankruptcy court records, as well as online postings and comments to unmask McElroy as “Witness 40,” the fabulist whose grand jury testimony and law enforcement interviews are deserving of multi-count perjury indictments.

McElroy did not reply to an e-mail seeking comment about her testimony. Messages sent yesterday to her three Facebook pages also went unanswered. Also, a message left on a phone number linked to McElroy was not returned.

To show just how shady the Ferguson prosecutors were, they allowed McElroy to testify not once, but twice, entering a “journal” she kept of her fraudulent “eyewitness account” as evidence in the case. And that’s just the beginning. We highly encourage you to click over to TheSmokingGun.com to read their entire report. Trust us it’s riveting.

It’s also worth noting that McElroy’s version of the shooting has been cited perhaps most often by Fox News personality and nationally syndicated radio host Sean Hannity, whose frequent repetition of McElroy’s “football player” account was shredded by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes: