Black Progressive Pulls Off Upset Against Prosecutor Who Declined To Charge Cop For Killing Michael Brown

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Above Photo: FOX 2 St. Louis

NOTE: This race demonstrates the power of movements to change the political agenda. – Pop Res

The presumptive winner of the general election is a police reform advocate.

Ferguson city council member Wesley Bell defeated 27-year incumbent Bob McCulloch in the Democratic primary for St. Louis County’s prosecutor. Both candidates are notably the children of police officers.

McCulloch gained infamy for his refusal to prosecute the officer who fatally shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014. The shooting inspired the national Black Lives Matter movement, now a powerful force in progressive politics.

The incumbent prosecutor has never prosecuted a cop for killing an unarmed civilian in his seven-term history.

Bell, who carried 57 percent of the primary vote according to the unofficial result, is now the presumptive winner of the general election because no Republicans are running for the seat.

According to New York magazine’s Daily Intelligencer division, Bell campaigned on “pledges to appoint special prosecutors in police-shooting cases, end cash bail for low-level offenses, expand the county’s drug courts, provide more low-level drug offenders with alternatives to incarceration, and never pursue the death penalty in any case.”

McCulloch conceded the election on Tuesday night but has not answered press inquiry about his loss.

  • dopfa

    WOW! Real progress! Good luck to Mr. Wesley Bell!!

  • Bob Beal

    “It is not a matter of making the police more racially diverse or electing more African American prosecutors.”
    From:
    America’s unending reign of police terror
    11 August 2018
    “Four years after the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by police officer Darren Wilson sparked popular outrage over police violence, the daily onslaught of police killings in the US continues.”

    Police violence and abuse is an expression of a malignant social and economic system, characterized by unending war and extreme social inequality, which infects the state apparatus and all its institutions. The state is not a neutral body, but an instrument of class rule. As class tensions increase, as the viability of the social system becomes ever more tenuous, the bodies of armed men that exist to maintain this social system become that much more brutal.

    The violence carried out by the police cannot be separated from the increasingly fascistic operations of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Customs and Border Protection agencies—the separation of children from parents, the construction of concentration camps, the kidnapping and deportation of immigrant workers.

    The police are part of a “total army” that includes the intelligence agencies and the armed forces, which are playing an ever more direct role in domestic affairs, including through the provision of arms and training to the police themselves. As Trump has unleashed Gestapo-like agents on immigrant communities, the Democrats uphold the torturers and criminals who head the CIA, FBI and NSA as the supposed guardians of democracy.

    Whatever their tactical differences—centered on matters of foreign policy—the entire political establishment, Democrat and Republican, defends the police forces of the state and is preparing to use them against growing social opposition in the working class. For this reason, the issue of police violence, like domestic spying and opposition to war, has been entirely excluded from political debate or discussion. It is a non-issue in the 2018 US midterm elections.

    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08/11/pers-a11.html