St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch says prosecutors do a “lousy job” of explaining to the public what they do, including how they handle officer-involved shootings, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. “Most people have no idea what a grand jury is, where it comes from, what their responsibility is or anything else about it,” McCulloch said yesterday. “We’ve got to do a much better job in educating the public as to what we do.”
McCulloch’s comments were part of a panel discussion for about 150 black prosecutors from across the U.S. tackling the sensitive subject of prosecuting police shootings. The discussion was part of a weeklong convention about the criminal justice system put on by the National Black Prosecutors Association.
Its president, Melba Pearson, a prosecutor in Miami, said the organization’s annual conference is being held in St. Louis because of the heightened focus on policing in light of the fatal 2014 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. Other speakers on yesterday’s panel were U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan of St. Louis and Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey.