Ferguson Prosecutor Robert McCulloch

Ferguson Prosecutor Robert McCulloch

The organization is called Backstoppers, but by the sound of it, a person would be hard pressed to know what it the name means. But looking at its website at backstoppers.org reveals it is a police and first responder charitable organization. According to the website, it helps among others, police officers in crisis often with financial benefits. Surprisingly one of the officers they may have helped was embattled Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. But even more surprising is the head of the organization is prosecuting attorney Robert Mcculloch, the same prosecutor who refused to recuse himself from the Wilson case.

Earlier during the Wilson proceedings, a group sold T-shirts supporting Darren Wilson with all proceeds going to Backstoppers and the Darren Wilson Legal Defense Fund according to the website www.crooksandliers.com. However, Backstoppers claimed that they would not accept any money raised during the T-shirt drive because it would represent a conflict of interest for Robert McCulloch. The fact McCullough is president of this organization lends further credence to the argument he should have recused himself from this case. In addition, McCullough’s father was a police officer killed in the line of duty by a black man. It makes one ask, what is the standard that a prosecutor must have before recusal from a case for conflict of interest. Was Robert McCulloch truly unbiased during the grand jury presentation?

 

Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.