St Louis’s top prosecutor sues city, citing law used to fight the KKK

Kimberly Gardner, first African American circuit court attorney in St Louis, accuses city and police union of conspiring to remove her from office

A top prosecutor has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of St Louis and its police union citing a nearly 150-year-old law used to combat the Ku Klux Klan white supremacist group.

Top US prosecutors are coming to the defense of Kimberly Gardner, whose suit aims to combat what she calls a “broad campaign of collusive [mis]conduct” to remove her from office. Some officers within the St Louis police department are also speaking out in support.

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