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Governor Nixon: Don't let Darren Wilson get away with murder; secure justice for Michael Brown

Dear Governor Nixon,

We urge you to intervene immediately in the case against officer Darren Wilson, who killed unarmed Black teenager, Mike Brown. County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch has a track record of failing to hold violent police officers accountable, and has proven incapable of pursuing justice in this case. Remove McCulloch, and appoint a special prosecutor immediately. As Governor it is your responsibility and obligation to restore integrity to Missouri's criminal justice system. Justice for Missouri starts with justice for Mike Brown.

Signed,

Progressive Impact

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Governor Nixon's new Ferguson Commission is not enough. We demand a special prosecutor. 

It's been nearly two months since Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old, unarmed Black teenager,...

Governor Nixon's new Ferguson Commission is not enough. We demand a special prosecutor. 

It's been nearly two months since Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old, unarmed Black teenager, Mike Brown. County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch has done everything in his power to avoid holding Wilson accountable, while state Governor Jay Nixon stands idly by. Now it's up to Governor Nixon to show that justice is possible in Missouri. He must get rid of McCulloch for his disgraceful and corrupt handling of this national tragedy.

McCulloch could have charged Wilson immediately, but chose to convene a grand jury instead. He then refused to recommend charges to the grand jury, a move that discourages jurors from indicting.(1) In 23 years as County Prosecutor, McCulloch has not prosecuted a single police shooting.(2) Given this shameful history of denied justice, it's clear that McCulloch is incapable of securing justice for Mike Brown. The world is watching, and the one person with the power to do something is Governor Nixon, who has a responsibility to the Black voters that supported him. It's time for him to act. Join us in demanding that Governor Nixon remove McCulloch from this train wreck of a case, and appoint a special prosecutor to take over.

On October 22, Missoui Governor Jay Nixon announced a "Ferguson Commission" tasked with studying the "the conditions underscored by the fallout to Brown's death." The commission will be made up of experts appointed by the Governor and will have no legislative power to enforce it's findings on how to create a safer, more just Ferguson. A commission is not enough. The road to addressing the deep seated racism and police violence targeting Black Missourians begins with the arrest and prosecution of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Now is a critical time to increase pressure on Governor Nixon and make it clear that he is not off the hook. We demand better, we demand systemic change, we demand#JusticeForMikeBrown.

Time and again, local officials have shown us that Black lives don't matter. We refuse to accept that message. An indictment could have happened October 15, so we must act now to change the story here in Ferguson. Governor Nixon has been given enough time to intervene and restore integrity and justice in the case against Officer Wilson. Help us create enough widespread public pressure to ensure that Governor Nixon appoints a special prosecutor.

We demand Justice!

References

1. "Ferguson tragedy becoming a farce," Washington Post 09-12-2014 http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milba...

2. See reference 1.

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