In this June 30, 2018, photo, Wesley Bell, a candidate for St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney, addresses the crowd during a protest about the Trump Administration's policy of family separation and detention at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch is facing Ferguson City Councilman Bell, a 43-year-old former prosecutor and judge. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

4 years after Ferguson, white prosecutor ousted by black man

August 08, 2018 - 3:08 pm

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Four years after the deadly police shooting that triggered racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, a black city councilman scored an election upset and ousted the white prosecutor criticized over his handling of the case.

Wesley Bell's defeat of seven-term St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch in Tuesday's Democratic contest all but assures Bell of victory in November. The Republicans have not put up a candidate.

Bell says his platform of reforms such as holding police more accountable resonated with voters.

But the election was also seen as a referendum on McCulloch's handling of the investigation of the white officer who killed unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014. A grand jury declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson, and many protesters accused McCulloch of guiding the panel to its decision.

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