Students at Saint Louis University are protesting a forthcoming speech by Robert P. McCulloch, the St. Louis County prosecutor who was criticized for how he handled the investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown, the Associated Press reports. Mr. McCulloch drew criticism late last year after he said he had called to testify to the grand jury witnesses whom he knew were lying.
Mr. McCulloch is scheduled to speak at the law school on February 20 about the role of the police after the shooting, in Ferguson, Mo. But members of the Black Law Students Association have asked that the law dean take back the invitation.
Fred P. Pestello, the university’s president, defended the invitation and said it wouldn’t be rescinded. “These conversations need to happen—and SLU needs to be a place that supports and contributes to them—if we are to improve the quality of life for everyone in our region,” he said in an email to the campus.