CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – Threatened with arrest, State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed refused to back down, crossing a yellow line of police tape to deliver petition signatures to St. Louis County prosector Bob McCulloch calling for a special prosecutor in the Ferguson, Mo., shooting case.
The confrontation came as Nasheed and 15 others attempted to deliver 70,000 signatures gathered “from all over the country,” and she was greeted by a dozen police and a spokesman for the prosecutor, Ed McGee.
“Take your hands off me, don’t touch me, I’m a state senator,” Nasheed could be heard shouting as she jostled forward toward a police officer.
McGee offered to take the signatures up to the prosecutor’s office himself, but the crowd shouted him down.
After a two-minute stand off, McGee allowed Nasheed and two others to carry up the petitions.
Now, she says the pressure is on Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to make the next move.
“He needs to man up,” Nasheed said. “I agree with McCulloch.”
Nasheed told reporters she agrees with McCulloch’s claim that stepping aside on his own from the Michael Brown case would amount to an admission of bias.
“And so now the pressure will go to the governor,” Nasheed said. “We’re going to demand that the governor do the right thing, and step up to the plate, and not play politics on the back of a dead man.”
Nixon released a statement earlier this week saying he won’t appoint a special prosecutor because it would “inject legal uncertainty” into the case.
That position is coming under fire from the immediate past president of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. Platte County prosecutor Eric Zahnd says Nixon should either fully endorse McCulloch’s grand jury process or replace him. By doing neither, Zahnd says Nixon is “inflaming tensions on the streets.”
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