Prosecutor Blames Cop For Stopping Drug Dealer Who Pulled Gun Before Being Shot

Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner backed allegations that officers should never have made contact with Cortez Shepherd.

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner backed a city alderwoman’s declaration that St. Louis police are to blame for a deadly encounter with an armed drug dealer on Thursday.

The gunman, 28-year-old Cortez Shepherd, was fatally shot by police as he attempted to pull a gun out of his pocket during a fight with the officers, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

St. Louis Alderwoman Megan Ellyia Green claimed that the interaction between the four-time felon and police “never should have happened,” in the first place, because Gardner has vowed not to prosecute marijuana possession offenses under 100 grams, according to her Twitter post later that day.

“And she’s right,” Green quipped. “Our police also need to be instructed to abide by these rules.”

The alderwoman further declared that the officers’ efforts to keep such offenders off the streets “is a waste of police resources.”

Gardner retweeted Green’s message approximately an hour later and expressed her approval for the alderwoman’s accusations against the officers.

“Exactly,” the circuit attorney tweeted.

The St. Louis Police Officer’s Association (POA) released a scathing statement late Thursday night, blasting Gardner for helping to perpetuate anti-police rhetoric.

“In what has become an all too familiar refrain, the anti-police faction began spinning false narratives that a helpless weed possessor was murdered for no reason,” the POA said.

What actually took place was much different, the group noted.

The altercation occurred in the 3900-block of Garfield Avenue at approximately 12:50 a.m., St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The area, known as “Hayden’s rectangle,” is fraught with “heavy” drug activity, and has been the target of increased crime-reduction efforts, Chief Hayden explained.

Officers patrolling the area spotted a car parked with a group of people standing around it, and went over to investigate the suspected drug activity.

A seven-year-old child was in the backseat of the suspect’s vehicle at the time.

During the course of their interaction with Shepherd, police seized crack/cocaine, bars of Xanax, and marijuana, according to the POA.

The St. Louis Police Department also posted photos of the illegal contraband found at the scene.

“When police attempted to effectuate an arrest, the suspect initiated a struggle,” the POA explained. “Police’s attempt to use a Taser to subdue the suspect was unsuccessful.”

Police said that the convicted felon then attempted to pull out a revolver he had hidden in his pocket.

“Officers were required to use deadly force to neutralize the immediate threat to their lives,” the POA said.

Shepherd was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The seven-year-old child was not physically harmed during the incident, and managed to run to her mother, who was nearby, Chief Hayden said.

The officers sustained minor injuries during the brawl, according to the POA.

Police recovered the suspect’s fully-loaded revolver at the scene.

According to the POA, Shepherd had four prior felony conviction and had recently been released from a nine-year prison stint.

“Shockingly, however, the elected prosecutor Kim Gardner tweeted an ominous threat to police,” the POA noted. “She agreed with notorious cop hater Alderwoman Megan Green that the ‘interaction’ with the armed drug dealer dealing drugs in a car with a 7 year old girl ‘never should have happened.’”

“What is stunning is that the assistant circuit attorney who prosecuted the cases against this suspect from 2009 to 2011 was none other than Assistant Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner,” the group pointed out, adding that she is “intimately familiar with the suspect’s career in crime.”

The POA urged Gardner to recuse herself and her entire office from having any involvement in the investigation into the incident.

“Pre-judging an officer involved shooting and twitter threatening these brave officers is horribly unethical,” the POA declared. “This blatant dereliction of duty and unethical threat by this ‘prosecutor’ is nothing short of alarming.”

The group also called out Chief Hayden, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, and St. Louis Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards for standing silent “while Gardner abdicates her duty, promotes a false narrative regarding this incident and publicly threatens officers.”

“Their silence is deafening,” the FOP said.

Krewson raved about how much she supports police during a luncheon on Tuesday.

“By Thursday, she was standing idly by while her police officers were lied about and threatened for doing their job,” the POA railed.

The group accused city leaders of promoting “the systematic demoralizing” of the St. Louis police force.

“We will not stand idly by and let them continue to dismantle the safety and security of our City and its people,” the POA concluded.

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flybynight
flybynight

Calling all soul patrol trolls, calling all soul patrol trolls, come in please.

JohnP
JohnP

“A picture says a thousand words”... just look at that press conference.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Just continues to get worse! LE being berated by the cities worthless prosecutor! Wanting LE to put blinders on.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

A circus lead by the clowns simply turns into a bunch of goofy halfwits throwing buckets of water, and letting lions roam free. I meant to make a comparison, but I think I just gave a description.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

t's now official. St Louis is now run and controlled by the DRUG CARTEL and the cops might as well just stay home and get PAID. Disgusting, Liberal Crap.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

Meh, I say fuck it. Pull all police resources out and have them protect the affluent neighbourhoods, let the ghettoes implode. Then, when these same 'community leaders' start decrying the fact that the murder rates are sky high and all their kids are being taken by the violent drug gangs, the police can sit down with them and explain the facts of life like they would to a group of children.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Just like the prosecutor in Boston who recently wanted to dismiss charges against ALL the so called “protesters” (antifa) who were arrested during the Straight Pride parade.

JRM1607
JRM1607

This has nothing to do with marijuana, and has everything to do with pulling a gun on the police.

Justretired
Justretired

Soooooo it's the police fault he's selling drugs, has a gun and apparently a convicted felon and tried to pull gun on police? Just cant make this shit up even in the funny papers. Guess he was just teaching his 7 year old the trade so he can eventually hand it over to him/her.

TommyG72
TommyG72

Bought and paid for by George Soros to help carry out his plan to destroy the US.

Fireguy1052x2
Fireguy1052x2

I feel like the LEO's in that city are screwed. They're damned if they do and damned if they don't. They are turned on by the very officials they should be supporting them for doing their jobs. Guaranteed if they would have ignored this and that dealer killed someone, the city would be screaming about it.

Bob...
Bob...

So damn glad this POS punk ass drug dealer is now ready for his well deserved DIRT NAP.. He is a POS that was dealing drugs and deserves what he got.. Don't resist the Police and you won't be shot.. However, you pull a gun on and Police and they will Kill you Dead Right There... Now he is Dead Right There and a DIRT NAP is in order... No more will he ever rob oxygen for the good citizens of St. Louis..

Bob...
Bob...

I bey he was a gooood boy and went to church every damn Sunday.. He was only trying to make a living, those mean old Police they are bad.. Messing with a man trying to make a living.. The dumb ass folks are totally brain dead..

flybynight
flybynight

Soul patrol troll one has checked in........... with more stupid remarks. Eye roll

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

I’m not even going to comment because this is so stupid.

Tmorh
Tmorh

Another area where Democrat "leadership" is turning the city to another crap hole.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

A clear case of a black racist person, putting her job and the public's welfare behind her obvious biased views of the police. Take that Benedict Arnold OUT of the prosecutor's office at once! Another Jamie Foxx, only this time it's serious. Guns and death are involved.

JBo
JBo

So a four time felon in possession of various drugs and a gun pulls the gun on cops trying to arrest him and he gets perforated. Is there a surprise here...anywhere?

I feel sorry for that seven year old child that no one else in local government seems to give a crap about.

Tired of Crap
Tired of Crap

Why is she still in office? She needs to be in prison she is corrupt!

Poyntblanck
Poyntblanck

Beacause you're a lazy pathetic, political piece of excremate, (look it up) doesn't mean real public servants need follow your terrible example...

motorcop01
motorcop01

The monkeys have officially taken over the damned zoo that is St. Louis. Sad...

Sgt167
Sgt167

Another racist prosecutor. She needs to be disbarred

sskid
sskid

you can't make this stuff up...how can we survive as a country with people like the?

Doc___
Doc___

I wonder how the alderman's constituents feel about her not wanting to stop crime in their neighborhood...

NFPD103
NFPD103

This is the MO from the liberial left. Someone should file a complaint to the state Bar Association, or state supreme court.

gmharr
gmharr

LE, know that many of us support you 100%. We have your 6 brothers and sisters!!

Celeste3
Celeste3

This is why we as a nation have a drug problem...Is she getting paid off? This is so shameful to her office and the city and to the police department she did this to...The man had kids in his vehicle is on him he did the crime so he loses all rights and children..If I were part of this police department I as a police department should call in for the Blue Flue until she is fired and office apologizes as well as this prosecutor does and loses her job..You better believe I'm posting on my feed on timeline because of the travisty done..This behavior of prosecutors needs to stop and hopefully Attorney General and FBI do an investigation..Sooo shameful!!! Disgraceful!!!

Sivaas_
Sivaas_

Pluck from the hood to fill such positions, you get hood mentality and sympathy.

madshark1
madshark1

Fuck those niggers! Stay out of the area and let them kill each other.

Mrjim66
Mrjim66

4 time felon, just released from prison, and already in possession of that many different drugs plus a gun that he had no moral delima with using and these criminal coddling black prosecutors side with this guy? And yet nobody is trying to impeach her. Look at the type of people who are democratic liberals and look at what they are trying to promote. If they had control of this country again it would be our downfall.

Hoops
Hoops

I used to live in the suburbs of St. Louis. It's going to be the next Chicago. I would never go back.

DT2000
DT2000

For a country built on laws, we sure are good coming up with reasons not to enforce them...

KewMaw59
KewMaw59

Prosecutor you are criticizing these officers for doing their job yet the city is enraged about all the children being killed. They tried to detain this man peacefully but he fought and tried to pull a gun! I live in a city where violence is on the rise and I stand behind the officers who faithfully do their job and stand in harm's way. If these young men do not want to put themselves in harm's way then stay out of it. My son works for the Jefferson City Department of Corrections and puts his self in harm's way. So I say to you back your officers instead of berating them!!!!

bulldog1394
bulldog1394

time to surround these cities and let them have at it themselves if they dont want cops doing their jobs

mrwhhjr
mrwhhjr

This is so wrong. Police enforce the laws, end up in fight, suspect attempts to pull out gun to shoot officers. He dies. His fault. If the government officials keep this up maybe the police should just drive around all day and let criminals do what they do. Then everyone will cry come save us please. What POS they are.

usac95
usac95

typical damn democrap

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Blacks want convicted felons selling drugs and endangering their kids.... Ok... Let them have it.. Stop policing their neighborhoods.. Then what will they have to whine about? Liberals hate gun owners and they hate cops but they just love black criminals

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

LOW IQ said - "Second, black communities seem to thrive when the local government leaves them alone".

So these communities would do better without all of the abundant US Gov assistance and programs provided to them .....and its the US Govs fault otherwise you would all be soooo successful .....Yes, of course, look at the prime examples they set throughout this country. Look how they are model communities that everyone else should follow. Keep looking .Your logic is right out of a cereal box and so comical it is beyond pathetic.

Don_Wayne
Don_Wayne

Blame the police, it's the Democrat way of thinking!

Golobki
Golobki

Very simple answer for police. Stop responding to calls in high crime areas. Too dangerous.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Black people must not care about their neighborhoods. This must be another example of "black wallstreet" @Hi_estComnDenomn keeps talking about. Leave those drug dealers alone so they can prosper, right Cheech?

61mouse
61mouse

And people like her is a waste of OUR TAXES

attybv
attybv

Pitiful to think what trash we have in offices such as this. Our country is going down the dumps with people like these morons making statements and decisions totally contrary to what is right. Since when does a "law enforcment officer" (what a joke) take the part of a 4 time convicted felon who pulls a gun on an officer? Since Obama that's since when.

Grog
Grog

WTF? She is just another ghetto rat! They system the police work for no longer supports the police. Why work for them?

Wish505
Wish505

Something stinks here forget about the week ok if she said she will not prosecute for that amount but but but what about the other major substance that were found,,,, crack/cocaine, bars of Xanax? Good bust nicely done boys and girls in blue.

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Can't they charge the prosecutor with negligence of duty? If state statute differs from what she refuses to prosecute than you definitely have a negligence of duty case against the prosecutor. We don't need these POS protecting other pieces of shit.

Jhn
Jhn

Build a wall around these cities pull all of the police and fireman. and let them fend for themselves, wait a couple months and find out if they still like having no effective law and order

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

What never should of happened was those 2 pos parents having 1. A child in the first place and 2. Having a 7 yo out at 12:30am dealing drugs....wth ! Don't agree with these alder people and city councils deciding they know what LE should and shouldn't be doing on the job. Switch job positions for a week....see who cries first.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Politicians should keep there noses out if issues that they know nothing about.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

When do elected city aldermen and circuit attorneys get to write their own laws and determine what will and will not be prosecuted? It is a sad day for St. Louis and its residents when politics trumps justice! The circuit attorney should be forced to resign and be disbarred for not executing the duties of her office. Gee why do you think St. Louis has become the sewer it has been? It was once a nice place with only a few bad areas.