Black Progressive Pulls Off Upset Against Prosecutor Who Declined to Charge Cop for Killing Michael Brown
August 08, 2018
Ferguson city council member Wesley Bell defeated 27-year incumbent Bob McCulloch in the Democratic primary for St. Louis County's prosecutor. Both candidates are notably the children of police officers.
<p>McCulloch gained infamy for his refusal to prosecute the officer who fatally shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014. The shooting inspired the national Black Lives Matter movement, now a powerful force in progressive politics.</p><p>The incumbent prosecutor has never prosecuted a cop for killing an unarmed civilian in his seven-term history.</p><p>Bell, who carried <a href="http://time.com/5360745/bell-mcculloch-st-louis-ferguson-primary/">57 percent </a>of the primary vote according to the unofficial result, is now the presumptive winner of the general election because no Republicans are running for the seat.</p><p>According to <em>New York</em> magazine's Daily Intelligencer division, Bell campaigned on "pledges to appoint special prosecutors in police-shooting cases, end cash bail for low-level offenses, expand the county’s drug courts, provide more low-level drug offenders with alternatives to incarceration, and never pursue the death penalty in <em>any</em> case."</p><p>McCulloch <a href="https://fox2now.com/2018/08/07/wesley-bell-declares-victory-over-bob-mcculloch/">conceded</a> the election on Tuesday night but has not answered press inquiry about his loss.</p>
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