Cori Bush, the progressive candidate who defeated Rep. William Lacy Clay in Missouri’s Democratic Primary, has a history of troubling statements and immediately threatened city police officers after her victory.
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The New York Times reported that Bush, who was a nurse who was thrust into the spotlight after the shooting of Michael Brown, told a small group of supporters that during those protests, she was maced and beaten by the same officers who killed Brown.
“Six months from now, as the first black congresswoman in the entire history of Missouri, I will be holding every single one of them accountable.”
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She did not specify what she meant by the statement, but she said, “If you didn’t understand what happened, what was birthed right here in St. Louis, Mo., in St. Louis County, in Ferguson, we’re about to show you.”
Alexandra Rojas, the Justice Democrats executive director, cheered her victory, “If you don’t know, now you know: The Squad is here to stay, and it’s growing.”
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The Justice Democrats backed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her primary win against Rep. Joe Crowley at the time.
Bush, 44, defeated Clay in the primary for the 1st Congressional District by 48.9 percent to 45.5 percent.
“They called me — I’m just the protester, I’m just the activist with no name, no title and no real money. That’s all they said that I was. But St. Louis showed up today,” she said after her victory, according to Fox News.
CNS News reported that Bush received high-profile endorsements and a congratulatory tweet from Linda Sarsour, the Palestinian-American activist and former Women’s March co-leader, who said, “I’m a Cori Bush Democrat. Pass it on.”
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Last week, the St. Louis County’s prosecutor, who is black, announced that there will be no charges in the Brown case that stemmed from the Aug. 9, 2014 shooting.
Bell said his heart breaks for the Brown family, but “the question for this office was a simple one: Could we prove beyond a reasonable doubt that when Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown he committed murder or manslaughter under Missouri law? After an independent and in-depth review of the evidence, we cannot prove that he did,” the Associated Press reported.