[Marxism] Fwd: St. Louis prosecutor has faced controversy for decades : News

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Nov 26 09:15:06 MST 2014

In 2001, two undercover drug officers from Dellwood shot and killed two 
men on the parking lot of a Jack in the Box in north St. Louis County. 
The officers said the suspects, who had prior felony convictions for 
drug and assault offenses, tried to escape arrest and then drove toward 
the officers.

A subsequent federal investigation showed that the men were unarmed and 
that their car had not moved forward when the officers fired 21 shots 
and killed the suspects, Earl Murray and Ronald Beasley. The probe, 
however, also concluded that because the officers feared for their 
safety, the shootings were justified.

McCulloch didn’t prosecute the officers. He specifically drew the ire of 
defense lawyers and protesters, who had been holding demonstrations and 
threatened to block Highway 40,when he said of Murray and Beasley, 
“These guys were bums.”

After being criticized, McCulloch refused to back down, saying, “The 
print media and self-anointed activists have been portraying the two 
gentlemen as folk heroes and have been vilifying the police. I think it 
is important for the public to know that these two and others like them 
for years have spread destruction in the community dealing crack cocaine 
and heroin.”


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