A star witness in the grand jury case involving former Ferguson, Mo police officer Darren Wilson has been revealed to be a racist suffering from mental illness with a criminal past. Sandra McElroy known as “Witness 40” has been a crucial part of Wilson’s claims surrounding the altercation between himself and Michael Brown. McElroy’s accounts of the events on Aug. 9, closely mirrored the ex-cop who shot and killed an unarmed Brown. The Smoking Gun is reporting McElroy’s story became very suspicious, due to her statement to the St. Louis police department being given on Sept. 11 and again to the Justice Department prosecutors on Oct. 22. McElroy’s statements were taken after Wilson’s account of shooting were made public.
McElroy told police she saw the shooting take place while she was smoking a cigarette on the sidewalk. According to TSG’s reports however, McElroy wasn’t around the location of the fatal shooting as she claimed to be. Prosecutors maintained McElroy was lying about witnessing the incident but she stuck to her story. After appearing before the grand jury twice McElroy’s statement was finally discredited after she admitted she read online about the incident.
McElroy’s racist behavior also came to light by the site’s investigation. After Brown’s death, McElroy created a Facebook page supporting Wilson, with a picture of the 18-year old lying face down dead in the streets. McElroy wrote the caption under the picture:
Michael Brown already received justice. So please, stop asking for it.
The 45-year old mother of 5, who is also suffering from biploar was also found by the site to have a past of lying to police. In 2007, McElroy claimed to have information surrounding a boy was rescued after being held in captivity for four years. Police soon discredited her claims after they uncovered she was lying.