November 25, 2014

Ferguson

Robert Reich had this to say on Facebook about the situation in Ferguson after last night's announcement that there would be no indictment in the Michael Brown killing:
When St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced last night that no charges will be brought against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, McCulloch lashed out at the media for the unrest in Ferguson, blaming its “24-hour-news cycle.” He’s wrong. The real culprit is the 24-hour racism that still pervades our system of criminal justice. Wilson shot Brown six times. Witness reports differed as to whether and when Brown had his hands raised and whether he was moving toward Wilson when the final shots were fired. Why shouldn’t these questions and inconsistencies be aired at a trial?  
The New York Times had a pretty insightful editorial as well. Check it out here.

Meanwhile, a number of civil rights groups had these recommendations to prevent more tragedies like this.