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For the family of a -- district attorney and his wife speaking out now saying not enough was done to protect Mike McClellan and his wife Cynthia after.
But Collins assistant prosecutor was gunned down a family spokesman.
Sane even McClellan himself had concerns in the days leading up to his death.
Primarily their concern is over the last.
Closing weeks of my consent is lives.
They express strictly to their failing some concerns.
And those concerns being that.
-- we live in a small town.
There's not a lot of law enforcement here.
Do we do we have everything we need to do this -- on the investigative side I know that.
Mike expressed concerns that.
That he tried -- push for up to the chain of command.
And the result of then obviously didn't yield.
A positive out.
We just was very Mike and his wife.
Anna -- -- -- is an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn new York and joins us here on this -- -- -- Would be one thing as is if the murders of movement Collins.
For the first time it came out of -- there but in -- Collins assistant -- -- -- had been gunned down.
In public in a parking lot.
So -- authorities there on notice that everybody could be at risk.
Yeah of course they're on notice I -- I think first of the nature of prosecutors are always under a bit of a a threat an award you can't get up everyday and think about that he could do your job and here we have most devastating of circumstances -- we do know as the public that there were.
Sheriffs of guarding.
The McClelland for at least a month after.
Assistant was gunned down but you know one thing they always have to point out and for the family's perspective.
What ever -- -- feeling that's legitimate besides grief an incredible amount of anger comes through that and we can understand that.
But because we aren't hearing it doesn't mean that we know everything that's gone on I mean I cannot imagine that they were not with the district attorney talking about.
What any credible threats or what leads they had and letting him be part of trying to make the decisions to keep himself and his family state.
Unfortunately we cannot always protect and I say that as a prosecutor for last seventeen years so I feel.
This as much as anyone and I think that for all of us we should worry about this for the criminal justice system.
But I really think that so much remains unknown that how much can you protect there is not always every hole to fell.
Until the killer of the assistant is found may be 44 hour protection is required of all the others.
And that may well be the case -- -- they should be doing that but remember this is an investigation that's on the state level on the federal level the indictments came out there are multiple counties.
We're not talking about one small county -- -- -- people across the state and federally.
And you have to start asking questions I want everyone in and be -- we all do it does that mean they -- -- -- for our protection maybe it also depends what the authorities know.
Where -- investigation is leading them in those decisions that you have to -- you worry about retribution.
Of course I mean it's something that you can't get up and think about every day but you do because we do you see it happen you know and I and will say that thankfully generally as prosecutors nothing happens to us that you get threats -- Yes I know a bunch of prosecutors.
And they get threats.
But again I'm fortunate that we'll see as a prosecuted people that I worry about the most our witnesses they are the people that.
By and large get too much of that because the people that are -- these cases they don't want their cases to go to trial.
Here's the troubling part among the suspects in this particular case the aryan brotherhood of Texas this is a vicious gang that boasts.
As I understand -- 4000.
Members and their tied to about a hundred killings.
And one of the things they do is they engage in torture does that step up the need.
-- apps that does mean you're talking about and gang mentality human.
The mentality of the worst amongst the worst to really have nothing to lose whether it's because they are incarcerated for the rest of their lives and working with people on the outside where they just don't care.
That always makes the stakes much higher because when people don't care about the outcome to themselves they have nothing to lose -- it's much harder to protect.
The prosecutors and unfortunately their families when you're dealing with that type mentality.
Anna Sega nickel Ozzie who is also a prosecutor thanks -- thank you Martha.
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