Yet more misconduct from Kim Gardner
First, she decides who to prosecute based on race and politics. Second, her office alters evidence. Third, she uses ongoing cases in which she filed charges in order to prop up her re-election campaign. Now, it comes out that she pressured detectives to go along with her against so that she could file charges. From KSDK:
ST. LOUIS — The lead St. Louis police detective investigating the McCloskey case refused to sign at least two versions of court documents prosecutors drafted, according to a review of those documents obtained by 5 On Your Side.
In addition, police contend at least one person in the crowd was armed and another was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, after analyzing videos taken June 28, when the couple confronted protesters with guns.
The documents obtained by 5 On Your Side include an email Gardner’s Assistant Circuit Attorney Chris Hinckley sent to the lead investigator on the case, Sgt. Curtis Burgdorf. Hinckley emailed police the day before the McCloskeys were served with a search warrant, stating it needed to happen “now.”
“At this point, everything points to these weapons being real and loaded, but no one has asked or confirmed,” he wrote. “Come trial, they’ll say they were waiving around a BB gun and an air rifle.”
Hinckley also wrote to Burgdorf’s commander, Maj. Angela Coonce.
“Our office is receiving inquiries from the public and press about a warrant application and potential charges. We’ve thus far said the matter ‘remains under investigation.’ I’d really like to avoid pointing to a police follow-up request as the hold-up, but I won’t control the messaging if this goes on any longer. Please see what you can do to help this along. Again, I’m asking for priority on the firearms issue.”
The search warrant allowed officers to seize the guns the McCloskeys used during the encounter. The rifle Mark McCloskey used was intact when it arrived at the crime lab. The pistol Patricia McCloskey used was not, according to documents obtained by 5 On Your Side.
Hinckley ordered the crime lab to disassemble and reassemble Patricia McCloskey’s gun and signed a court document stating that it was “capable of lethal use” at the time she pointed it at protesters.
The fact that this prosecutor is using her position to viciously attack two civilians (the McCloskeys) due to political reasons is not what her job is. We don’t have a Nazi or Soviet judicial system. I wouldn‘t expect anything less from a hack that wouldn’t even charge a confessed child killer though.