To transform justice system, start with prosecuting attorney's office

The election for St. Louis County prosecutor is pivotal in our community's crusade to expanding justice, liberty, and democracy. A community's prosecuting attorney has a unique capacity to define what these words mean as they prioritize the spending of resources to keep their citizens safe. The election for prosecuting attorney gives voters a way to re-define which civil liberties they value and ask critical questions regarding the efficacy of the status quo. 

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Josi Nielsen
Wesley Bell Speaks on Ferguson: One Year Later

… “A lot of the issues that we saw in Ferguson, these are regional and national issues. They are not unique to Ferguson. I think there were some things that needed to be addressed, there’s no question about that. And I think if you look at what we’ve done with our court reform, community policing, and so yeah, there’s nothing you can do to change the past, but we can learn from the past.”

“To me, it would start with one thing – community engagement, and making sure to have that community outreach so that your residents feel a part of the process.”

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Josi Nielsen
Wesley Bell: “If your dreams don’t scare you, you’re probably not aiming high enough.”

“We are uniquely positioned to set an example of what progress and change can be. I have the honor to participate in this council. I am aware that our decisions are local, but also national and global. We are viewed as a place of police brutality but we can transcend that. These are issues that pre-date Ferguson. Ferguson can offer a path out that others can emulate.”

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Josi Nielsen
Wesley Bell on his high-profile campaign and Ferguson's challenges

Bell trounced Lee Smith in a contest for Ferguson’s Ward 3 seat, which is where Brown was shot and killed by former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. He’ll join a council that’ll have to face major decisions, including hiring a new city manager and responding to a damning Department of Justice report of Ferguson’s police department.

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Josi Nielsen