One day after St. Louis’ top prosecutor filed a federal lawsuit alleging a concerted and racist conspiracy to push her out of office, other black female prosecutors from across the U.S. defended Kim Gardner, saying they’ve faced the same resistance in their own communities. Six prosecutors, already in St. Louis for a university’s panel discussion, joined a rally Tuesday at a downtown courthouse to show support for Gardner. The St. Louis circuit attorney on Monday filed what she called an unprecedented federal civil rights lawsuit accusing “entrenched interests” including the city, the police union and others of intentionally impeding her efforts to reform racist practices, in part by seeking her ouster.
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