Protests live updates: St. Louis prosecutor assailed by Trump wins primary

Protests live updates: St. Louis prosecutor assailed by Trump wins primary

Kim Gardner, the St. Louis prosecutor who has been assailed by political opponents including President Trump, easily won her primary on Tuesday as she campaigns to be reelected in November. She beat challenger Mary Pat Carl in the Democratic primary, winning more than 60 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. Gardner will face Daniel Zdrodowski, who was unopposed in the Republican primary, in the November election. Gardner is among the most high-profile of the progressive prosecutors who have won office in recent years by pledging to reduce charges for lower-level crimes. These platforms have helped prosecutors win office in places including Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas, but they have sparked intense pushback from police unions, some other prosecutors and the Trump administration. This summer, Gardner brought charges against a St. Louis couple who emerged from their mansion and aimed weapons at demonstrators in June, at the height of the protests following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Gardner, who was elected as the St. Louis circuit attorney in 2016, had already tangled with the police union in St. Louis and faced intense scrutiny before getting involved in that case, which brought an even higher level of attention and criticism. Republicans repeatedly denounced Gardner in the case, with Trump calling her a “disgrace” and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) asking the Justice Department to investigate Gardner. The prosecutor also said she has received death threats and racist insults from around the country. A group of more than 60 current and former prosecutors, meanwhile, signed on ...
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