Brooks had told CBS News over the weekend that it is “critically important” for a special prosecutor to be appointed. But the NAACP is now actively pushing for such an appointment, creating a page on its site to let people send pre-written e-mails to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) and Attorney General Chris Koster (D) saying that special prosecutor is needed “to restore trust in this investigation.”
Those calling on McCulloch to step aside have pointed to his history, arguing that he cannot be impartial. McCulloch’s father, a white police officer in St. Louis, was shot and killed by a black man in the line of duty when McCulloch was 12. In 2000, he oversaw an investigation into two white police officers who shot and killed two black men; after a grand jury declined to indict them, McCulloch said he agreed with that decision.
Nixon said Tuesday that he would not ask McCulloch to recuse himself, though he did not offer the prosecutor an endorsement. Instead, he said that the process exists for McCulloch to recuse himself, and the governor could “inject legal uncertainty” into the situation if he stepped in.