The questions surrounding McCulloch's investigation and his response to critics

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by Mike Colombo / News 4 and Dan Greenwald / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 21 at 4:49 PM

CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Some critics of St. Louis County Bob McColluch say he should recuse himself from the investigation of Michael Brown, Jr’s death in part because his father was a police officer who was killed in the line of duty.

McCulloch’s father was killed in 1964 while responding to a call in the Pruitt Igo Housing Complex. McCulloch was 10-years-old at the time.

“All I knew and all I heard was ‘your father is not coming home,” McCulloch said. “I know what it’s like. I know the pain that goes with the loss of a loved one due to violence.”

Some believe McCulloch won’t prosecute the Brown case fairly because of that event.

“I think his objectivity is in question,” St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said.

State Senator Jamilah Nasheed has started delivered a petition to the St. Louis County Justice Center asking McCulloch to recuse himself and for a special prosecutor to be appointed.

Critics of McCulloch also point to something else. In 2000, McCulloch was scrutinized after a grand jury elected not to indict two undercover officers who shot two drug suspects outside a Jack in the Box restaurant in Berkeley.

Despite what his critics say, McCulloch said he will investigation Brown’s shooting fairly and impartially.

“I know what it’s like to look back and watch my mother grow old and die without the only man she ever loved by her side. I know the pain of that,” McCulloch said. “Did it affect me? Absolutely it affected me. What it did to me, was make me, I think, a fierce advocate for victims of violence.”

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