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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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.

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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

The po-po's be hopping mad on this one!

dbiersdorfer
dbiersdorfer

Good Lord, Have these people lost their minds? Get out of the way and allow our guys to do their job. Get the scum off the streets.

Tdiller
Tdiller

It's time for a 3 strikes you are removed permanently from society. You are not redeemable and need to be eliminated

Oldvlc
Oldvlc

Extreme liberal women should never be allowed to be district attorneys.

Raymelson
Raymelson

Lady you have lost your mind

Digger15108
Digger15108

Pull a gun on a cop? Yeah, it’s your choice, but you have to ready to face the consequences of your choice. Doesn’t matter the color. Black bullets, white bullets, brown bullets, yellow bullets....they all do the same thing..KILL. Police have the right to defend themselves. If you take a gun out of your pocket or waist band, it means you intend to shoot. I’m guessing both the alderman and are both anti-cop and entitled based on skin color. Racist? No! Truth! Perception is reality.

TLC71
TLC71

Yay, one less 4 time felon, dope dealing scumbag on the planet!

Highroller777
Highroller777

An amazing amount of people in government have lost their freaking minds.

Rocksmyth
Rocksmyth

It appears that the city government is on the payroll of the drug cartel. How about a little undercover work watching these people and looking at their lifestyle and bank accounts? It wouldnt be the first time.

Chuck1961
Chuck1961

There's two people that need to be in the unemployment line, not on the city payroll.

DRPS909
DRPS909

Wow unbelievable. Even if he only had under prosecution required amount how could the officers know that without questioning him! He didn’t have to fight or pull a gun either.

maxx1676
maxx1676

And ONCE AGAIN the left trying to make us believe the system and we as Americans have failed her. It is NEVER the blacks fault, it is OUR FAULT. MORE LIES by the left media to protect their racially biased ""good black,,,,, bad white agenda""...

Flycaster
Flycaster

Blue Flu time.

Rob-99
Rob-99

I truly believe that the stupidity and the hate that they carry in their heart is the demon that they let posses their soul mind and thoughts..Bring God back into schools..!!

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

These Liberals attack police for doing there job yet on the other hand ignore all of the Black on Black weekly murders in Chicago.

LynnSB
LynnSB

REALLY ?? How do you Ignorant MF'ers get a Law Degree ??

bill fuse
bill fuse

LEO: Pleeeze let me see u sale drugs. Druggie: where’s ur scale? LEO: oh yeah, forgot before I ck u out, need to weigh ur drugs. Druggie: I’ve only got 99.5 grams of dope...u can’t arrest me. LEO: oh that is correct. Forgive me. Go ahead sale your 99.5 grams, ruin someone’s life, put ur kid in danger, keep ur gun loaded it’s a tuff area if town, know u are a good businessman just trying to make a buck. I’m gonna let u go on this one, with a warning. Go on about ur bizness. See ya when u have 100 grams. Have a good day sir.

DeputyDad1228
DeputyDad1228

So now according to this prosecutor (the same prosecutor who had tried this same criminal several times as an assistant prosecutor) wants police who witness "nonviolent"/"victimless" crimes are supposed to turn a blind eye and do nothing... In the Hope's that criminals won't force police to shoot them in the course of affecting the arrest...

Citizen Cain
Citizen Cain

How did this terrible women get into office. She is so hateful and a racist.

Grandpagary
Grandpagary

This woman is as dumb as she looks.

Philiphorner
Philiphorner

Terry v. Ohio USSC 1968 is controlling. If an officer based on training and experience has reasonable suspicion to suspect criminal activity is afoot a suspect can be detained and frisked for weapons while being questioned.

Philiphorner
Philiphorner

Play stupid games win stupid prizes.

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

So, the Attorney and Alderwoman appear to be just fine with drug dealers selling drugs that will kill the community’s kids. And I thought “Black lives mattered.”

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Wake up- it’s your own elected officials keeping you down. They’re using you and getting paid to do it.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

What Terry means is that police officers can be instructed to do this, and there will be no Fourth Amendment Constitutional violation. However, local and state officials still have the right to instruct the policemen they control to NOT do Terry stops and/or frisks, or, more likely, to forego Terry stops / frisks in certain situations where they are Constitutionally allowed.

For example, in New York City, the city decided to cut back on Terry stops because there was a racially discriminatory pattern. Certainly, many more Terry stops could be made in NYC than the number now being made, but the City decided to curb its police force in a more restrictive way than the Constitution does. The police unions fought this, but lost at the Second Circuit because the court said that the City is in charge, not the po-po's.

Some predicted that NYC crime would spike, but it did not.

Yard cop
Yard cop

It’s cheaper to hold the POS’ hand and give them Gas money than it is to rise up and actually defend LEOs’ for doing their jobs , how do you keep your elected jobs and futures in politics for defending police for doing their jobs ? Realistically speaking protecting their own collective butts and futures is easy when you would never find their delicate butts in the neighbor hoods where there they could break a nail or skin their knees , let alone justify the actions of officers who try to go home safe each night

sailortom
sailortom

Demonstrating yet again, that St Louis is a" tempest in a racial teapot" and that ,urban black culture continues to dodge ownership of cultural pathologies .

tfort
tfort

If the. Ops would just follow the rules, so many of their problems would just go away.