From the Politico:
Congressional Black Caucus denounces Ferguson grand jury
By Kendall Breitman | November 25, 2014
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Monday called the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson a “slap in the face” for those seeking justice for the death of Michael Brown.
“The Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown is a miscarriage of justice,” CBC Chair Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) said in a statement released after the decision was announced late Monday evening in Missouri. “It is a slap in the face to Americans nationwide who continue to hope and believe that justice will prevail.”
And never mind that her statement is a slap in the face of our judicial system and the 12 courageous jurors (9 white, three black) who decided unanimously after hearing all the evidence that there were no grounds for any charges against Officer Wilson.
“This decision seems to underscore an unwritten rule that Black [sic] lives hold no value; that you may kill Black [sic] men in this country without consequences or repercussions,” Fudge’s statement continued.
Ms. Fudge’ ‘concern’ seems to underscore an unwritten rule that black lives hold no value unless they are shot by a white person. (Cf. the black on black murder rate and the black abortion rate.)
“This is a frightening narrative for every parent and guardian of Black [sic] and brown [sic] children, and another setback for race relations in America.” …
Speaking of race relations, how come Ms. Fudge capitalizes the term ‘black’ but not the term ‘brown’? Does the Congressional Hispanic Caucus know about her hate speech?
The American Civil Liberties Union issued a statement on Monday night saying that it will “continue to fight for racial justice.” “We must end the prevailing policing paradigm where police departments are more like occupying forces, imposing their will to control communities,” the statement read…
Notice the ACLU, which loves and demands an all-powerful government, views the police who are the handmaidens of the state, as ‘occupying forces.’
Once the decision not to indict was announced, Ferguson again became engulfed in unrest. The Associated Press reports dozens of businesses were set ablaze and authorities said they heard hundreds of gunshots. Dozens of people were arrested…
And you can bet that the ACLU complained about the lack of ‘occupying forces’ during the rioting and looting on Monday night.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) was quick to put out a statement and said he is “disappointed” in the decision, but that he is looking to the Department of Justice to continue to investigate the case.
“While I understand the emotions that have brought protestors into the streets, our goal now should be preventing cases like this one from ever happening again by encouraging dialogue with the police forces sworn to protect our communities and transforming the practices and culture that led to the shooting,” Cummings said in a statement.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) echoed Cummings’ disappointment, tweeting she is also “disappointed in the lack of #Justice4MikeBrown. We must demand change & work to end racial & structural bias in a peaceful manner.” …
It’s great to see both Mr. Cummings and Ms. Lee calling for an end of the black ‘thug culture’ that led Mr. Brown to engage in strong armed robbery and to attack a policeman. (Just kidding.)
Over a series of 11 tweets sent after the decision was announced, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) told protesters, “We hear you.” “We have not merely witnessed the effects of a warped sense of law & order, enforced with unbridled & unpredictable power. We wear the scars,” one tweet read.