Despite Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s decision to keep St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch on the case of a white Ferguson police officer who gunned down an unarmed black teen, Michael Brown’s parents are renewing their call for a special prosecutor.
McCulloch has been overseeing the grand jury probe in the shooting of Brown, carried out by Darren Wilson, but supporters of the teenager believe the prosecutor is ill-equipped to deal with the case.
In a letter addressed to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, lawyers representing Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. said there were “compelling and rising concerns of conflict that now exist” between St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch and the Ferguson Police Department.
McCulloch’s office has also said that criminal cases involving Wilson as a witness have been put on hold.
The Brown family lawyers, who provided a copy of the letter to the media, said that the decision to put those cases on hold “clearly raises an issue of concern.” The “potential for bias is present” because Wilson is both a possible defendant and a witness for the prosecutor, they added.
“Officer Wilson… has developed a special working relationship with Mr. McCulloch and his office,” they wrote in the letter, dated Oct. 6.
Protestors, supporters, and Brown’s parents previously asked for a change, but Nixon refused. Nixon’s office and the county prosecutor had no immediate comment.
McCulloch’s office recently announced that a decision on whether or not Wilson will be charged will come by mid-November. We’ll keep you updated with the latest.
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty