A coalition of activists carried 900,000 petitions to the gates of the White House on Thursday afternoon demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder prosecute the white police officer who shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Gathering at the north entrance to the White House, the protesters chanted the same “Hands up, don’t shoot!” message that demonstrators have used in Ferguson and held signs demanding justice for Brown.
Speakers ranged from slam poets to a Missouri state senator, who called on the state’s governor, Jay Nixon (D), to remove Bob McCulloch (D), the prosecuting attorney involved in the case. Critics have argued McCulloch is too closely associated to the police, raising concerns about his ability to conduct an impartial investigation.
“Many African-Americans, we don’t trust him. We don’t think he can be fair and impartial. Because we have history with him, and he has history with law enforcement officers,” said state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D). “Stop playing politics on the back of a dead man and remove Bob McCulloch now.”