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Ferguson Revisited: A Prosecutor’s Power

How Wesley Bell went from standing between protesters and the police to St. Louis County’s top prosecutor.


Episode Notes

Five years ago Wesley Bell watched as protests erupted across Ferguson in the wake of Michael Brown’s death. Bell, the son of a police officer, stood between the protestors and the police as he watched Ferguson descend into chaos. In an effort to make lasting change in the community he decided to run for public office. Seven months ago, he won.

In our third and final episode revisiting Ferguson, we talk to Wesley Bell about his new role as St. Louis County’s top prosecutor and how he has decided to use his power.

Guest: Wesley Bell, prosecuting attorney, St. Louis County

Listen to Parts 1 and 2 of our series, “The Worst Night” and “Questioning the Legend.”

This episode is part of Ferguson Revisited, a series from What Next looking back at Michael Brown’s death, the protests that followed, and their legacy five years later.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.