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McCulloch faces first challenger since Ferguson protests

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The prosecutor at the center of a firestorm after a grand jury opted not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, is facing his first election challenger since the 2014 shooting.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch is facing Ferguson City Councilman Wesley Bell in an Aug. 7 primary election.

McCulloch became a flashpoint when he announced no charges would be filed against the white police officer who killed the unarmed black teenager in August 2014. The longtime prosecutor ran unopposed that year for re-election.

McCulloch, who is white, is now being challenged by a black, 43-year-old former prosecutor and judge who was elected to the Ferguson City Council a year after Brown was killed.

Some say the race is a referendum on the Brown case.

By BLAKE NELSON, Associated Press