FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – Today, in a two-page letter to St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, State Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) requested that McCulloch recuse his office from the investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown so that a special prosecutor can be appointed to oversee the investigation.
Nasheed explained, “This racially charged climate demands an independent investigation, and to be perfectly blunt, the African-American community has no confidence that your office can carry out an impartial investigation and prosecution.”
She cited several reasons for this lack of confidence, including McCullochs’ failure to bring charges against police officers accused of killing two African American men in 2000 – even in the face of the findings from an independent U.S. Attorney Office investigation that those officers had lied about their behavior and fired 20 shots into the unarmed victims’ vehicle.
Nasheed also criticized McCulloch’s active participation in St. Louis County’s recent Primary Election and appealed to McCulloch not to further divide the community.
“For the good of the entire St. Louis community I call on you to show statesmanship and step aside in this matter,” Nasheed writes.