Wednesday Open Thread | Wesley Bell DEFEATED 27 year incumbent St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCullough in Democratic Primary

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. ( -In a monumental upset, Wesley Bell has unseated longtime St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. McCulloch, trailing by 10 points with 90 percent of precincts reporting, conceded shortly before 11 p.m.

Bell, a Ferguson City Councilman, ran on a criminal-justice reform platform, which includes devoting resources for treating addiction and mental health, ending mass incarceration and focusing on serious crimes.

The ACLU of Eastern Missouri released the following statement after Bell’s victory:

These results demonstrate that voters care passionately about crucial civil rights issues from the unjust use of cash bail to how long people are sitting in our jails because they can’t afford to pay, to demanding their prosecuting attorney be transparent on his office’s work,” said Jeffrey A. Mittman, Executive Director of ACLU of Missouri. “We provided voters with essential information on civil liberties issues and they demanded transparency and fairness from their prosecuting attorney. We look forward to working with our members and community partners to hold St. Louis County’s next prosecuting attorney accountable for protecting the rights of the people.

“People keep saying ‘you shocked the world,’” Bell said to the joyous crowd at his watch party. “No, we shocked the world. People showed up and showed out.”

McCulloch has been St. Louis County’s top prosecutor since 1991 and has rarely been challenged at the ballot box. In 2014, he ran unopposed.

He was criticized by Bell and others for how he handled the grand jury investigation into former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown in August 2014. Protests and unrest occurred right after the shooting and the decision to not indict Wilson.

Republicans did not field a candidate in Tuesday’s primary, meaning Bell is essentially assured to be the next St. Louis County Prosecutor.

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56 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | Wesley Bell DEFEATED 27 year incumbent St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCullough in Democratic Primary

  1. Ametia says:
  2. OMG! OMG🙌🏽! Bob McCulloch got ousted by a Black man in epic win!

    What is @lizzzbrown doing? Dancing in heaven! 🙌🏽

    I miss you, my friend.

  3. #ByeBob You ain’t got to go home but you have to get out of that prosecutor’s office, Bob McCullough! ADIOS mofo! #WesleyBell #MichaelBrown

  4. Ametia says:

    Congratulations, Wesley Bell ! Let’s get it DONE.

  5. rikyrah says:

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  6. rikyrah says:

    Bravo Wes👏👏👏

  7. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

    • rikyrah says:

      I remember that smirking muthaphucka 😠 😠

      • majiir says:

        Although McCulloch identified as a Democrat, he was a GOPer in his beliefs, actions, decisions, etc., when it came to dispensing justice fairly, and in the way he viewed race-related matters. Dude did everything he could to make sure Michael Brown’s family got zero justice in holding Darren Wilson accountable for shooting that unarmed baby down like a dog on a street in Ferguson. It’s well passed the time to stop some Americans from killing other Americans because they ”feared’ for their lives. Hell, Michael had just as much right to live as Wilson. At no time during the video clip did I believe MB posed a real threat to Wilson. When these incidents occur, it’s due to a combination of fear of Black Americans combined with a justice, governmental, and societal system of systemic, endemic racism. In the case of some whites, just seeing someone black sets them off and invokes alleged overwhelming fear in them, even when the black person is minding his/her own business and isn’t even thinking about them.

  8. Good morning, Chicas and everyone!

    Upset in St Louis. Bob McCulloch got ousted!

    #ByeBob Na Na Na Na Hey Hey Hey…. Goodbye

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