McCaskill backs controversial prosecutor in Ferguson case

Gov. Jay Nixon decides not to replace him with a special prosecutor

by Peter Sullivan | The Hill | August 20, 2014


Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is expressing support for the prosecutor handling the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Mo., despite some calls for him to be removed.

Critics have accused St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch of bias because his father, a police officer, was killed by a black man. McCulloch also publicly criticized the decision to bring in Highway Patrol officers to relieve county police.

McCaskill, though, defended McCulloch and said she supported Gov. Jay Nixon’s (D) decision not to replace him with a special prosecutor.

“I have a unique look at this prosecutor, because I have prosecuted alongside of him,” McCaskill said on MSNBC. “I have known him for 30 years. I know he’s fair.”
The shooting of Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a white police officer has sparked days of protests in Ferguson.

Evidence could be presented to the grand jury, which currently meets once a week, as early as Wednesday. McCaskill defended the pace of the probe and said that empanelling a new jury would delay the case even more.

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