State Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) requested that St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch recuse his office from the investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown so that a special prosecutor can be appointed to oversee the investigation.
In a two-page letter, Nasheed explains her call for action:
“This racially charged climate demands an independent investigation, and to be perfectly blunt, the African-American community has no confidence that your office can carry out an impartial investigation and prosecution.”
She cited several reasons for this lack of confidence, including McCullochs’ failure to bring charges against police officers accused of killing two African American men in 2000 – even in the face of the findings from an independent U.S. Attorney Office investigation that those officers had lied about their behavior and fired 20 shots into the unarmed victims’ vehicle.
Nasheed has also launched an online petition to gather further support for the appointment of an independent prosecutor.
The death of Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson, MO police has stoked tensions and caused unrest across our community, state and nation. This racially charged climate demands an independent, impartial investigation that the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s office simply cannot provide.
You can visit www.PetitionForJustice.com for more details. Watch Nasheed’s passionate charge below: