St. Louis County's top prosecutor for 24 years has long had a reputation as a tough-talking prosecutor. McCulloch post-Ferguson was no different. He staunchly defended the way his office handled the case. Activists sued to remove him from office, but McCulloch prevailed. A judge tossed the suit in July.
McCulloch said this was the most interesting time of his career. It also was stressful, particularly the night of the grand jury announcement. It was sad to see the violent protests, he said: "This is my community, too."
There's not much he would do differently, he said. He is sending his investigators to courses about officer-involved shootings. And he is in demand as a public speaker.
He said he is often stopped on the street by people who support him. He said he's been approached about running for higher office, including governor. "I'm thrilled where I am right now," he says. "But never say never."
— Kim Bell