New St. Louis County prosecutor fires some staff

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County’s new prosecuting attorney is shaking up his staff just two days into the new job.

A veteran assistant prosecutor who presented evidence to the grand jury after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson is reportedly among those let go.

Former Ferguson councilman Wesley Bell defeated 28-year incumbent Bob McCulloch in the August Democratic primary and ran unopposed in November. He was sworn in Tuesday.

Bell’s spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday that some veteran staff members have been let go. She declined to name them.

But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that among those fired is Kathi Alizadeh, one of McCulloch’s top assistants. Alizadeh told the newspaper that Bell gave her a two-page letter describing grounds from termination.

McCulloch had a reputation as a hardline law-and-order prosecutor. Bell campaigned as someone who would make changes.

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