CLAYTON, Mo. – On the fifth anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, his father is urging the top St. Louis County prosecutor to reopen an investigation into the white police officer who fatally shot the black and unarmed 18-year-old. Michael Brown Sr. spoke Friday outside the St. Louis County Justice Center.
Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell, St. Louis County’s first black prosecutor, took office in January after his stunning defeat of seven-term incumbent Bob McCulloch.
McCulloch drew criticism for his handling of the investigation into the Aug. 9, 2014, shooting. Detractors accused McCulloch of guiding the grand jury to its decision, announced three months later, not to indict Darren Wilson.
Brown alleges that St. Louis Police Chief John Belmar and former St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch were part of a cover-up. He says he is not trying to ambush new St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell.
Brown says he spoke with Bell. He was told they are checking the evidence and paperwork to see if it can be re-opened.
Prosecutor Wesley Bell released this statement today saying: “Our office is doing everything we can to understand the underlying issues that contributed to the tragic death of Michael Brown. We are working every day with the community and law enforcement to implement policies and reforms that meaningfully address those issues, and help this community and this region heal.”
Local Attorney Jay Kanzler says Bell could resubmit the case to another grand jury. However, Kanzler also says that would require new evidence, previously not submitted.
In 2015 former President Barack Obama said he backed the Department of Justice’s decision not to charge Darin Wilson. I asked Mmr. Brown if he feels they got it wrong.
“We had a private investigator come in. He said definitely, his hands were up. That’s a surrender pose and he still was killed,” said Michael Brown. “If it is able to be opened we will have our day in court. If not, he said we won’t be doing anything.”
Michael Brown senior says prosecutor Wesley Bell did not give him any timetable. He also says that regardless of what Bell decides he will never stop fighting for his son.