Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is calling for the “vigorous prosecution” of Ferguson, MO. police officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown.
“A vigorous prosecution must now be pursued,” said Nixon in a video posted on his website on Tuesday.
“The democratically elected St. Louis county prosecutor and the attorney general of the United States each have a job to do,” said Nixon.
“Their obligation to achieve justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown must be carried out thoroughly, promptly, and correctly.”
Nixon was referring to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Bob McCulloch, the prosecutor for St. Louis County. McCulloch will decide whether the case against Darren Wilson goes to a grand jury or not.
Holder plans to meet with Gov. Nixon and McCulloch when he visits Missouri today.
Residents of Ferguson demand that McCulloch recuse himself from the case because they believe he will be biased due to his strong ties to the police community.
McCulloch’s father, a police officer, was killed while on duty in 1964. And according to Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed, McCulloch’s uncle and cousin are police officers and his mother is a former police officer who works for the police department.
McCulloch has held the position as prosecutor for St. Louis County for 23 years. Gov. Nixon has the power to remove him from the case.
An independent autopsy by famed television forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden revealed Brown was shot 6 times, including an unnecessary kill shot to the top of his head while he was on his knees and bent forward.
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