Prosecutor named in Kansas City councilman’s case

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PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd has been appointed special prosecutor to consider the case against Kansas City Councilman Michael Brooks.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker had asked that a special prosecutor be named because an assistant prosecutor in her office is planning to run for Brooks’ 5th District council seat next year.

Brooks is accused of choking his legislative aide in his council office. Kansas City police have finished their investigation into the allegations and Zahnd will determine whether charges will be filed.

Brooks has denied the allegations but says he will resign, effective Jan. 2.