KC councilman's case to have special prosecutor

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker is seeking a special prosecutor for an investigation into allegations that Kansas City Councilman Michael Brooks choked an aide.

Baker said Tuesday a special prosecutor was needed to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest within her office. An assistant county prosecutor, Alissia Canady, is running for Brooks’ 5th District Council seat. Brooks has not yet filed for re-election.
The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/16sPg4W) Brooks’ council aide, Tonia Titus, accused Brooks last month of choking her in his office. Brooks has denied the allegation.
Police have turned over a case file to Jackson County for review.
A law firm is conducting a separate investigation for the city.
Presiding Jackson County Circuit Judge Marco Roldan will appoint the special prosecutor.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com