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CLAYTON, Mo. — Protesters seeking the immediate arrest of the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old disrupted a government meeting Tuesday, renewing calls to remove the county prosecutor investigating the case. The demand for Darren Wilson's arrest and the recusal of the St. Louis county prosecuting attorney began with the final utterance of the Pledge of Allegiance at the St. Louis County Council meeting. "For all," crowd members shouted as the pledge concluded with, "and justice for all." A protest also took place a week ago at the Ferguson City Council's first meeting since Michael Brown's death.
The shooting of Brown led to protests and unrest in Ferguson and has spurred a national discussion about police treatment of African-Americans. In addition to a local grand jury investigation, the Justice Department is conducting a separate investigation. Critics have called for Prosecutor Bob McCulloch to either step aside or for Gov. Jay Nixon to appoint a special prosecutor, citing concerns about whether McCulloch could fairly oversee the case. McCulloch's father was a police officer killed in the line of duty by a black assailant in the 1960s.
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