2014 August. The police shooting that touched several months of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and became a synonym for the national debate over police treatment of minorities in the suburbs of St. Louis. Ferguson’s unrest has helped establish the national Black Lives Matter movement, which began after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot dead in Florida in 2012.
The issue took on new life after George Floyd died in Minneapolis in May, after a white police officer squeezed the neck of a black man handcuffed to his knee for nearly eight minutes. Ferguson is one of the cities in the world that has seen protests since Floyd’s death.
Bellas, who in 2019. Month of January. He took office as a prosecutor in the Reform Prosecution Office, promising to abolish the bail for non-violent criminals and increase the use of programs to allow defendants to escape prison time, with no restrictions on re-investigating Brown’s death on a possible murder charge. . Wilson has never been charged and tried, so double jeopardy was not an issue. There is no limitation period for bringing charges of murder.
The shooting came after Wilson ordered Brown and his friend to leave the street as they walked down the middle of Canfield Drive on Sunday afternoon. An incident occurred between Wilson and Brown that ended in a fatal blow. Wilson said Brown came to him menacingly, forcing him to launch a gun in self-defense.
Brown’s body remained on the street for four hours, angering his family and surrounding residents. Some people initially said Brown gave his hands when Wilson fired, although the grand jury and the U.S. Department of Justice did not think these accounts were credible.
Bell’s predecessor, longtime prosecutor Bob McCulloch, has received considerable criticism for referring the case to the Grand Jury Commission instead of blaming Wilson himself. Critics have also accused McCulloch of defrauding a large group of jurors that she did not accept the accusation against Wilson, an accusation he emphatically denied. Wilson resigned a few days after the 2014 November 24 McCulloch announced that the Grand Jury would not accept the officer.
The Justice Department also declined to accuse Wilson, but issued a scattered report citing racial bias in Ferguson police and the courts.
Bell, a former member of Ferguson’s council, angered McCulloch, a stubborn law enforcement prosecutor in 2018. Chairman of the Democratic Party and acted without opposition that November. A few days after taking office, Bell removed three veteran assistant prosecutors, including Kathi Alizadeh, who was involved in presenting evidence to the Grand Jury in the Ferguson case.
In his campaign to trace McCulloch, Bell focused on the larger issues of criminal justice rather than McCulloch’s Wilson investigation.
Bell, who, like McCulloch, is the son of a police officer, said in an interview after the election that he appoints independent special prosecutors suspected of wrongdoing by the officers. He said he would support the police “200 percent” if they behave properly. But he said law-breaking officials must be brought to justice.
Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, asked Republican Chief Mike Parson to resume the investigation in 2018, saying that Bella’s victory was “a clear mandate for the people of St. Louis to reform the criminal justice system, which begins first with ensuring justice for my son. . “But Parson’s office said it had no legal authority to appoint a special prosecutor.
Calls for the resumption of Brown’s investigation were also received by Justin Hansford, executive director of the Thurgood Marshall Center for Civil Rights. 2019 August. Chosen by the Washington Post, he called McCulloch’s thirst “a sign of hope and change.