The Latest: Civil rights leader wants Ferguson case reopened

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the mother of Michael Brown pressing Missouri’s governor to reopen the investigation into the police shooting that killed her son in 2014 (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

A national civil rights leader is joining calls to reopen the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Justin Hansford is executive director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center. In an op-ed piece Friday in the Washington Post, he urged the man expected to become St. Louis County’s next prosecutor, Wesley Bell, to launch a new investigation.

Bell defeated longtime prosecutor Bob McCulloch in the Democratic primary on Tuesday. No Republicans are running for the post, meaning Bell is facing no challengers in the November general election.

Brown’s mother, Lezley McSpadden, is also calling for a renewed look at the 2014 shooting that sparked widespread protests and helped fuel the Black Lives Matter movement. The black teenager was unarmed when he was fatally shot by white officer Darren Wilson.

A St. Louis County grand jury and the U.S. Department of Justice both cleared Wilson of wrongdoing. He resigned in November 2014.

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3:15 p.m.

The Missouri governor’s office says it can’t appoint a special prosecutor to reopen the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, despite pressure from Brown’s mother.

Lezley McSpadden has launched an online petition seeking a new investigation into her son’s 2014 death in Ferguson. The case helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement.

Republican Gov. Mike. Parson’s spokeswoman said Friday that the governor “has no legal authority to appoint a special prosecutor in any case.”

Brown was 18 and unarmed when he was fatally shot during a confrontation with officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. Brown was black. Wilson, who is white, was cleared of wrongdoing and resigned that November.

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2:05 p.m.

The mother of Michael Brown is pressing Missouri’s governor to reopen the investigation into the 2014 police shooting that killed her son in Ferguson and helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement.

Lezley McSpadden has launched an online petition calling for Republican Gov. Mike Parson to appoint a special prosecutor in a case. She also announced Friday that she’ll run for a seat on the Ferguson City Council.

Her 18-year-old son was unarmed when he was fatally shot during a confrontation with Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. Brown was black. Wilson is white.

Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing and resigned that November.

The prosecutor who announced that no charges would be filed against Wilson was ousted from office during an election this week by a Ferguson City Council member.

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