New coalition calls for the removal of St. Louis County prosecutor from Michael Brown case

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by Ruella Rouf / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 3 at 6:15 PM

CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A new community group has called for the removal of St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch from the deadly shooting case of Michael Brown.

The Don’t Shoot Coalition, named after the frequent change of protesters after Brown’s death, made an announcement outside of McCulloch’s office in Clayton, Wednesday. The coalition consists of more than 25 community organizations, and they said they want change, now.

“We are not looking to go back to a routine that allows for another body to be left in the streets for four hours. We are not looking to go back to a normality that allows the police department to go on ‘unchecked’ escalation and violence against the citizens of our city,” said Montague Simmons of the Don’t Shoot Coalition. 

Members of the coalition said they have witnessed unacceptable behavior from all levels of government in Ferguson, which resulted in residents losing confidence in law enforcement. They feel that the only way the public will regain confidence is if Gov. Jay Nixon to appoint a special prosecutor for the Brown case.

“We call not only on McCulloch to step aside, but we still call upon Nixon to use his considerable influence to ensure that justice and transparency occur. He can actually influence the prosecutor to step aside,” said one member.

But Nixon disagrees and stands by McCulloch.

"This is a situation in which you have not one but two independent investigations going on … both the Justice Department as well as the local prosecutor. My sense is keeping those two together [and] working hard is the right thing to do,” said Nixon.

Organizers of Don’t Shoot said this is the first step in their long-term effort to address what they said is racial profiling in north St. Louis County and systemic problems involving police.

 

 

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