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August 19th, 2014
09:35 PM ET

Many call for Ferguson prosecutor to step aside

(CNN) - While protesters in Ferguson, Missouri are demanding justice for the killing of Michael Brown by police, questions are being asked about the man who at the moment is responsible for pursuing any prosecution and whether he can be impartial.

Some residents and community leaders contend St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch has deep ties to the police and has favored law enforcement in criminal cases.

Missouri State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed launched a petition that now has more than 26,000 signatures to remove McCulloch from the case and replace him with a special prosecutor to handle any criminal case arising from the August 9 shooting of Brown, an African-American who was unarmed when killed by a white police officer.

The shooting has touched off demonstrations that have led to confrontations with police, and some looting and violence. The National Guard has been called in and President Barack Obama is calling for "understanding" and cooler heads.

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  1. Steve K

    He's proven to be fair before and re elected multiple times , it's truly sad , the character assisination that's going on here and people even blamed ferguson residents not voting as an example that they don't trust him . Let me get this straight it's his fault they didn't vote . This insanity must end

    August 20, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Reply

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