The effort to erect a Ferguson job training center at the site of a former convenience store that was looted and burned after last summer’s fatal police shooting of Michael Brown is getting underway.
St. Louis Circuit Judge Joseph Walsh III wrote in a 10-page ruling late last week that he reached what he called “the inescapable conclusion” that St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch “faithfully performed his duty” in connection with the grand jury.
It has been 10 months since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by now-former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The anniversary of Brown’s death will fall on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015.
“Mr. McCulloch failed to fulfill his duty of office. So a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate the grand jury proceeding, itself. Not whether or not Michael Brown was unjustifiably killed. That’s not the question we’re asking,” Ellinger-Locke said.
The suit against the city of Ferguson, former police chief Tom Jackson and Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown, was filed last month in state court. Jackson and Wilson filed to have the suit moved on grounds that it deals with constitutional issues.
Dorian Johnson, friend of Michael Brown, has filed suit against the city of Ferguson.
Members of the Brown legal team plan a 10:30 a.m. news conference today at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Clayton, Missouri.
Family lawyer says the city of Ferguson and former officer Darren Wilson will be named in a wrongful death suit.
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles read a brief statement but did not take questions.
“It also really does say that the narrative that came out from people like Dorian Johnson and the ‘hands up, don’t shoot,’ that that narrative was simply false,” Wilson’s attorney Neil Bruntrager says.