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October 26, 2014

Washington Leaders Praise Police Tactic Changes in Ferguson (Video)

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Cummings praises a quieter night in Ferguson, Mo. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:03 a.m. | Rep. Elijah E. Cummings on Friday praised a change in police tactics in Ferguson, Mo., that was followed, finally, by a peaceful night in the troubled St. Louis suburb.

“The change in security tactics in Ferguson, and the intervention of Gov. [Jay]  Nixon has greatly improved a horrible situation,” the Maryland Democrat said. “There is never an excuse for violence and aggression — on the part of the police or citizens — and the right to peacefully protest must be respected. This community has been rocked by the death of a young man with a bright future, and they deserve an opportunity to appropriately express outrage at this tragedy.”

Nixon on Thursday put the Missouri Highway Patrol in charge of security in Ferguson, after several nights of violent clashes between local authorities and protesters upset about the Aug. 9 police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown.

On Friday, Ferguson police identified Darren Wilson as the officer who shot Brown.

Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., welcomed the decision in Ferguson to release the name of the officer, and said he hopes that the events in Missouri serve as a wake-up call to minority voters.

“I was thinking this morning about all this rhetoric about being ‘tough on crime.’ It’s one thing to be tough on crime. I’m tough on crime. But it’s something else to be death on blacks. And that’s what seems to be happening,” he said in an appearance on MSNBC.

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, in a statement issued Friday, questioned the aggressive response by Ferguson police to protesters earlier in the week.

“I have been shocked by the military-like response from the local police,” the Vermont Democrat said. “No one questions that law enforcement must maintain order, and certainly some of these protests have warranted intervention. But equipping police officers with the tools of war does nothing to repair a torn community … American streets are not a warzone. They shouldn’t be treated like one.”

 

Related:

New Focus on Civil Rights, Militarized Cops Emerges in Wake of Ferguson

As Ferguson Police-Protester Clashes Escalate, Congress Wades In

Obama Calls for Calm, Healing

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  • Think

    “One day we will live in a nation where people will not be named after the type of work they do but after the content of their braincase.” “Cummings” already lives in that nation.

  • http://none.com Jack Everett

    The intervention was need but to slow in coming. The police were not acting against criminals they were denying the constitutional rights of citizens to protect unlawful killings by police.

  • Water Dude

    Finally, some justice: http://bit.ly/1pxgu0i

  • WeenieHolder

    This Democrat circular firing squad is a hoot – police unions, an incompetent governor, Holder’s DOJ racial agitators, the Sharpton/Jackson race hustlers, pansy Black Panthers, and idiot liquor & hair-weave looters.

    The nation is coming to the collective realization they’re all worthless and we’re better off without any of them. Just sit back and enjoy the show.

    • Jack

      Do you cook the pork spam before you eat it?

      • WeenieHolder

        Do you cook your own meth before you sell it?

  • erick

    Militarized local police departments will be necessary for the impending genocidal extermination of the working class in the CLASS WAR by the financial class.

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