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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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.

Justgail
Justgail

I have a great fear. My fear is that while we are distracted among ourselves a bigger enemy is moving in to destroy us all.

ArizonaG30
ArizonaG30

Who's paying the so called Prosecutors off pathetic really pathetic

PFCPyle
PFCPyle

Imagine that the circuit attorney is a kafer

CWO4USCGCBPORETIRED
CWO4USCGCBPORETIRED

Sadly the actions of the politicians doesn't surprise me. Now the Chief of Police and the City Safety Director's silence? Cowardly to not say anything. Clearly the arrest was legitimate; drugs other than marijuana? Chief - grow a set and make public your support of your officers and your support for correct use of deadly force in this case.

John Chapman
John Chapman

The lady was right, the action between this scum bag and police shouldn't have happened. FOUR FELONIES? This asshole should have been behind bars. What a disgrace. What an absolute disgrace to her office and the people that she serves. For the men and women on the job, hang tough and keep doing your job. Keep your heads on a swivel and do what you need to do to protect yourself and your partner so you can go home at the end of the shift.

Janko
Janko

Absurd. A District Attorney may decline to prosecute, but that doesn't take the laws off the books. The state legislature writes the laws and law enforcement enforces them. If there was probable cause to arrest, and the subject resisted arrest by pulling a gun, it was a good shoot, end of didcussion

rosehead
rosehead

I don't live in that state but I will bet my last dollar that this prosecutors election was financed by a Geoge Soros group he has been doing that all over the country plus district attorneys

Janken
Janken

I'm wondering how she was ever hired. A WOMAN AND BLACK. NO BRAINS

BLSupporter
BLSupporter

Why, that mean old cop! Imagine shooting an innocent man, even if he was a DRUG DEALER, and PULLED A GUN ON AN OFFICER OF THE LAW. We should all cry a bucket of tears. Not. I wonder if those two idiots-in-office would be just as empathetic if that same suspect had robbed them at gunpoint, then shot one of them. Worth considering.

Gic
Gic

Sounds like she doesn’t want cops to mess with her profits , or she likes watching those drug dealers giving drugs to little kids in play grounds and schools, or maybe she’s a dealer herself or maybe they are her dealers

CraigBatt
CraigBatt

One cure pull out and join a city that care and screw the rest

Soulmanrich
Soulmanrich

All liberals are pieces of shit

adammcculler
adammcculler

I can only hope and pray that Green and Gardner are removed from their positions before they get someone killed..I have a feeling it will be after...

sskid
sskid

certain people can not be Prosecutors