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Karr resigns as Ferguson city attorney

Stephanie Karr uses a pen to edit a stack of Ferguson City Council press releases detailing its amendments to the DOJ's proposed consent decree.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio | file photo

Ferguson's city attorney has resigned from her post.

Stephanie Karr sent her letter of resignation to the city on Monday. She had served as Ferguson's city attorney since 2004 — and until recently was also the city's prosecutor.

Karr faced criticism for how she prosecuted people who were arrested during protests over Michael Brown's shooting death. Since Brown's death, Ferguson's city manager, police chief and municipal judge have all resigned — and been replaced.  

As St. Louis Public Radio’s Nancy Fowler has reported, protests had started to build in Ferguson about Karr continuing to be the city attorney.

One such protest happened on the first day on the job for new Police Chief Delrish Moss, when a group marched to Karr’s home. At that time, She had recently stepped down as being a prosecutor for the city. Richard Buthod said his goal was to get her out of Ferguson city government entirely.

A 2015 U.S. Department of Justice report highlighted issues around Karr's employment, finding that her additional work as a city prosecutor was a conflict.

The Associated Press provided information for this article.