Robert McCulloch assured the city of Ferguson, repeatedly and occasionally in all caps, that he was “fair and impartial in every matter” concerning the criminal case of the police officer who killed Michael Brown.
But his critics had doubts.
They said the white St. Louis County, Mo., prosecutor’s family was, after all, full of police officers, including a father who died at the hands of a black suspect when McCulloch was 12.
And long before Brown was fatally shot in 2014 — igniting months of protests and fueling a nationwide discussion about whether police are more likely to use deadly force against black people — McCulloch said he agreed with a grand jury’s decision to not indict officers who killed two unarmed black men.
Elected leaders, activists, the NAACP and the county executive all said McCulloch’s choice was a simple one: Step down and let a special prosecutor lead the case. McCulloch refused.Read More (Offsite)