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President Obama’s Remarks After Announcement of the Decision by the Grand Jury in Ferguson, Missouri

Posted by Admin On November - 25 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

10:08 P.M. EST

President Barack Obama:  As you know, a few moments ago, the grand jury deliberating the death of Michael Brown issued its decision. It’s an outcome that, either way, was going to be subject of intense disagreement not only in Ferguson, but across America.  So I want to just say a few words suggesting how we might move forward.

First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law.  And so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make.  There are Americans who agree with it, and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry.  It’s an understandable reaction.  But I join Michael’s parents in asking anyone who protests this decision to do so peacefully.  Let me repeat Michael’s father’s words:  “Hurting others or destroying property is not the answer.  No matter what the grand jury decides, I do not want my son’s death to be in vain.  I want it to lead to incredible change, positive change, change that makes the St. Louis region better for everyone.”  Michael Brown’s parents have lost more than anyone.  We should be honoring their wishes.

I also appeal to the law enforcement officials in Ferguson and the region to show care and restraint in managing peaceful protests that may occur.  Understand, our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day.  They’ve got a tough job to do to maintain public safety and hold accountable those who break the law.  As they do their jobs in the coming days, they need to work with the community, not against the community, to distinguish the handful of people who may use the grand jury’s decision as an excuse for violence — distinguish them from the vast majority who just want their voices heard around legitimate issues in terms of how communities and law enforcement interact.

Finally, we need to recognize that the situation in Ferguson speaks to broader challenges that we still face as a nation.  The fact is, in too many parts of this country, a deep distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color.  Some of this is the result of the legacy of racial discrimination in this country.  And this is tragic, because nobody needs good policing more than poor communities with higher crime rates.  The good news is we know there are things we can do to help.  And I’ve instructed Attorney General Holder to work with cities across the country to help build better relations between communities and law enforcement.

That means working with law enforcement officials to make sure their ranks are representative of the communities they serve.  We know that makes a difference.  It means working to train officials so that law enforcement conducts itself in a way that is fair to everybody.  It means enlisting the community actively on what should be everybody’s goal, and that is to prevent crime.

And there are good people on all sides of this debate, as well as in both Republican and Democratic parties, that are interested not only in lifting up best practices — because we know that there are communities who have been able to deal with this in an effective way — but also who are interested in working with this administration and local and state officials to start tackling much-needed criminal justice reform.

So those should be the lessons that we draw from these tragic events.  We need to recognize that this is not just an issue for Ferguson, this is an issue for America.  We have made enormous progress in race relations over the course of the past several decades.  I’ve witnessed that in my own life.  And to deny that progress I think is to deny America’s capacity for change.

But what is also true is that there are still problems and communities of color aren’t just making these problems up.  Separating that from this particular decision, there are issues in which the law too often feels as if it is being applied in discriminatory fashion.  I don’t think that’s the norm.  I don’t think that’s true for the majority of communities or the vast majority of law enforcement officials.  But these are real issues.  And we have to lift them up and not deny them or try to tamp them down.  What we need to do is to understand them and figure out how do we make more progress.  And that can be done.

That won’t be done by throwing bottles.  That won’t be done by smashing car windows.  That won’t be done by using this as an excuse to vandalize property.  And it certainly won’t be done by hurting anybody.  So, to those in Ferguson, there are ways of channeling your concerns constructively and there are ways of channeling your concerns destructively.  Michael Brown’s parents understand what it means to be constructive.  The vast majority of peaceful protesters, they understand it as well.

Those of you who are watching tonight understand that there’s never an excuse for violence, particularly when there are a lot of people in goodwill out there who are willing to work on these issues.

On the other hand, those who are only interested in focusing on the violence and just want the problem to go away need to recognize that we do have work to do here, and we shouldn’t try to paper it over.  Whenever we do that, the anger may momentarily subside, but over time, it builds up and America isn’t everything that it could be.

And I am confident that if we focus our attention on the problem and we look at what has happened in communities around the country effectively, then we can make progress not just in Ferguson, but in a lot of other cities and communities around the country.

Okay?

Q    Mr. President, will you go to Ferguson when things settle down there?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, let’s take a look and see how things are going.  Eric Holder has been there.  We’ve had a whole team from the Justice Department there, and I think that they have done some very good work.  As I said, the vast majority of the community has been working very hard to try to make sure that this becomes an opportunity for us to seize the moment and turn this into a positive situation.

But I think that we have to make sure that we focus at least as much attention on all those positive activities that are taking place as we do on a handful of folks who end up using this as an excuse to misbehave or to break the law or to engage in violence.  I think that it’s going to be very important — and I think the media is going to have a responsibility as well — to make sure that we focus on Michael Brown’s parents, and the clergy, and the community leaders, and the civil rights leaders, and the activists, and law enforcement officials who have been working very hard to try to find better solutions — long-term solutions, to this issue.

There is inevitably going to be some negative reaction, and it will make for good TV.  But what we want to do is to make sure that we’re also focusing on those who can offer the kind of real progress that we know is possible, that the vast majority of people in Ferguson, the St. Louis region, in Missouri, and around the country are looking for.  And I want to be partners with those folks.  And we need to lift up that kind of constructive dialogue that’s taking place.

All right.

END              10:18 P.M. EST

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NAACP is Deeply Disappointed a Missouri Grand Jury Opted Not to Indict Officer Darren Wilson

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BALTIMORE, MD – Tonight, a St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson, 28, for the shooting and killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, Jr. In light of this decision, the NAACP has released the following statement.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO:

“The NAACP stands with citizens and communities who are deeply disappointed that the grand jury did not indict Darren Wilson for the tragic death of Michael Brown, Jr. We stand committed to continue our fight against racial profiling, police brutality and the militarization of local authorities. The death of Michael Brown and actions by the Ferguson Police Department is a distressing symptom of the untested and overaggressive policing culture that has become commonplace in communities of color all across the country.   We will remain steadfast in our fight to pass the End Racial Profiling federal legislation.  And we stand in solidarity with peaceful protesters and uphold that their civil rights not be violated as both demonstrators and authorities observe the “rules of engagement.”  The grand jury’s decision does not mean a crime was not committed in Ferguson, Missouri, nor does it mean we are done fighting for Michael Brown, Jr. At this difficult hour, we commend the courage and commitment of Michael Brown’s family, as well as local and national coalition partners.”

Attorney General Holder Statement on the Conclusion of the Grand Jury Proceeding in the Shooting of Michael Brown

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement Monday regarding the conclusion of the St. Louis County grand jury proceeding in the shooting of Michael Brown:

“While the grand jury proceeding in St. Louis County has concluded, the Justice Department’s investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown remains ongoing.  Though we have shared information with local prosecutors during the course of our investigation, the federal inquiry has been independent of the local one from the start, and remains so now.  Even at this mature stage of the investigation, we have avoided prejudging any of the evidence.  And although federal civil rights law imposes a high legal bar in these types of cases, we have resisted forming premature conclusions.

“Michael Brown’s death was a tragedy.  This incident has sparked a national conversation about the need to ensure confidence between law enforcement and the communities they protect and serve.  While constructive efforts are underway in Ferguson and communities nationwide, far more must be done to create enduring trust.  The Department will continue to work with law enforcement, civil rights, faith and community leaders across the country to foster effective relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve and to improve fairness in the criminal justice system overall.  In addition, the Department continues to investigate allegations of unconstitutional policing patterns or practices by the Ferguson Police Department.

“Though there will be disagreement with the grand jury’s decision not to indict, this feeling should not lead to violence.  Those who decide to participate in demonstrations should remember the wishes of Michael Brown’s parents, who have asked that remembrances of their son be conducted peacefully.  It does not honor his memory to engage in violence or looting.  In the coming days, it will likewise be important for local law enforcement authorities to respect the rights of demonstrators, and deescalate tensions by avoiding excessive displays—and uses—of force.”

Marc Morial: We are Disappointed in the Grand Jury’s Decision to Not Indict Officer Darren Wilson

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Marc H. Morial
President & CEO of the National Urban League

Morial’s statement on the Grand Jury’s Decision to Not Indict Officer Darren Wilson in the Killing of Unarmed Black Teenager, Michael Brown
“We are of course indescribably disappointed.  We are disappointed in the grand jury’s decision.  We are disappointed in St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch’s focus more on the media’s reaction to this injustice than to the loss of Michael Brown’s life.  We are disappointed that this does not reflect the best of what our nation can be.  This is not a proud day for America.  We uphold the justice system and legal structure that has helped to guide the course of America and many of the rights we all enjoy today.  But nothing is perfect.  When we abandon the very foundational tenet of justice for all, we abandon a core part of who we are as a nation.

We respect the grand jury’s decision in the course of due process of our legal system.  We will, however, continue to fight for justice and accountability in the death of Michael Brown.  As such, we first and foremost urge the Department of Justice to continue a full and thorough investigation to determine whether federal civil rights charges should be filed against Officer Wilson, as well as to carry out federal reviews of police misconduct and implement key recommendations for police reform.  The excessive use of force by law enforcement in our communities is unacceptable, and we know that we cannot prevent future similar tragedies unless and until there is systemic change across the nation in the area of police reform.

Most critically, we want to reaffirm our commitment to nonviolent peaceful protest and expression of our demands and to discourage any violent acts.  We fully support and align with Attorney General Eric Holder’s comments on Friday that ‘History has also shown us that the most successful and enduring movements for change are those that adhere to nonaggression and nonviolence…Peaceful protest has been a hallmark, and a legacy, of past movements for change, from patriotic women who demanded access to the franchise, to the civil rights pioneers who marched for equal rights and equal justice.’

Those who seek to perpetuate injustice should know that we will not stop, we will not quit, we will not rest…until justice for all has been served.”

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NAACP Announces March, ”Journey for Justice: Ferguson to Jefferson City”

Posted by Admin On November - 25 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Baltimore, MD — In response to the grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of 18 year old Michael Brown Jr., the NAACP, including members of the Youth and College division and senior and youth organizations, will be embarking on a 120 mile, 7 – day march entitled, “Journey for Justice: Ferguson to Jefferson City”.  The Journey for Justice will commence at the Canfield Green Apartments and conclude at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City.  The purpose of the march is to call for new leadership of the Ferguson police department, beginning with the police chief, and for new reforms of police practice and culture in both Ferguson and across the country.  First and foremost in that approach is a wholesale fight against racial profiling that involves advocating for adding subpoena powers to the Missouri racial profiling state law and passage of federal legislation on racial profiling. For seven days, beginning Saturday, November 29th, marchers will walk along the route to the Governor’s Mansion.  Each evening, the marchers will participate in teach-ins and rallies that are open to the public. New participants are welcome to join the Journey for Justice each morning as walking commences.  We expect buses will provide relief for marchers along the 120 mile Journey for Justice.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO:

“The NAACP stands with citizens and communities who are deeply disappointed that the grand jury did not indict Darren Wilson for the tragic death of Michael Brown, Jr. We stand committed to continue our fight against racial profiling, police brutality and the militarization of local authorities. The death of Michael Brown and actions by the Ferguson Police Department is a distressing symptom of the untested and overaggressive policing culture that has become commonplace in communities of color all across the country.  Our “Journey for Justice: Ferguson to Jefferson City” march is the first of many demonstrations to show both the country and the world that the NAACP and our allies will not stand down until systemic change, accountability and justice in cases of police misconduct are served for Michael Brown and the countless other men and women who lost their lives to such police misconduct.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael Brown’s family.”

Who:  NAACP, civil rights, social justice and community organizations

What: “Journey for Justice: Ferguson to Jefferson City March”

When: We expect to commence Saturday, November 29th at 7 am.

Where: Canfield Green Apartments, Ferguson, Missouri to Jefferson City, Missouri

Contact: Jamiah Adams (443)571-6618 jadams@naacpnet.org

Nicole Kenney (410) 336 – 4559 nkenney@naacpnet.org

CBC Chair Marcia L. Fudge’s Statement on the Passing of D.C. Councilman and Former Mayor Marion Barry

Posted by Admin On November - 25 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Marcia L. Fudge released the following statement on the passing of Washington, D.C. Councilman and Former Mayor Marion Barry:

“The Congressional Black Caucus extends its condolences to the family and friends of Marion Barry. A lifelong activist and politician, Councilman Barry leaves a legacy of commitment and passion that won’t be forgotten.

“From fighting for justice in the national civil rights movement as one of the organizers of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, to fighting for equal access to opportunity and economic development for the residents of our nation’s capital, his was a life dedicated to pursuing equality for all.

“The CBC acknowledges the life and contributions of Marion Barry, and offers prayers for all those mourning his passing.”

Youths Take to Social Media to Grieve Marion Barry, Decry Negative Coverage

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Youths Take to Social Media to Grieve Marion Barry, Decry Negative Coverage

Washington Informer

By Desmond R. Barnes
Some are the children of D.C. employees who got their good government jobs after then-Mayor Marion Barry opened opportunities for blacks.

Others had their first work experience in his summer jobs program. Many grew up seeing him move around the city — chatting up young athletes about going to college; talking to honor students about scholarships; advising troubled youths about getting back on track.

When Council member Barry, 78, of Southeast, died in the wee hours of Nov. 23, young people grieved him just as much as their elders did, except they mourned in their generation’s way — through social media.

“RIP to the Mayor of D.C. 4 Life.. st8 soldier that battled for the district till da end,” posted @TameDappa. He attached the hashtag #MarionBarry#RIP#salute #—-tmz #mayor4life.

And when TMZ, a tabloid media outlet, posted a story with a disrespectful headline about the council member’s death, they took to their keyboards to protest. Within minute of its posting, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were deluged with messages criticizing the story with a hashtag that demonstrated the disdain many readers felt for the story.

“Never cared for @tmz but the Marion Barry disrespect is just another reason why I’ve never liked them in the first place,” tweeted @troofforever.

Barry was a folk hero among D.C.’s young as much as he was with many of their parents. He joined legend Chuck Brown onstage at go-go concerts. He made appearances at school events. Popular D.C.-born entertainer Wale mentioned him in his 2013 song “Black Heroes.”

To local youths, Barry was the braveheart who stood up in the face of adversity, the flawed human being who reached down deep to redeem himself. In doing so, he taught them that everybody is worthy of a second act in life.

Yolanda Woodlee, who covered Barry for more than a decade as a political reporter for The Washington Post, said he will always be remembered for his impact on D.C.’s young.

“The summer jobs program is part of his legacy,” said Woodlee. “What people always talk about is that he gave him their first job. They credit him with helping them to establish a work ethic while young and giving them valuable work experience for their resumes. There are whole generations that he helped like that and people won’t forget.”

Aleem Bilal, aka AB the Producer, a music producer from Southeast Washington, said he got his first job in the summer jobs program as a rising freshman in high school.

He said he learned about Barry’s death from Instagram and he also received calls from relatives and friends.

“Marion Barry was my father’s neighbor,” Bilal said.

He said he was “enraged” that anyone would disrespect Barry on the occasion of his death.

“That’s someone’s father, husband. It was low blow to the family,” said Bilal, 26. “It was evil. They did it for attention and a reaction. They don’t care about what he’s done for the community.”

He said Barry will always be remembered by young people for “being a man of his people.”

“Not many saw the vision until he stepped up and became a leader for the people — like the Bob Marley of D.C.,” he said.

Davie Celeste, 28, a special-education teacher who lives in Ward 5 in Northeast but was born in Northwest, said she learned of Barry’s death on Facebook. As a 10th grader, she did clerical work and filed legislation for then-Council member Linda Cropp in the summer jobs program.

“I also reviewed proposed bills about taxation without representation,” Celeste said.

She said she was not surprised by the tabloid’s headline. “They don’t have the ingredients for respectability,” she said.

Celeste agreed with Woodlee that Barry will be remembered for the summer youth program which turns 35 this year. She also said Barry is considered a hero among the young for his civil rights work in the South in the 1960s.

“He had a passion for the disenfranchised and [was] always remembering Ward 8 when no one else would,” Celeste said.

One of Barry’s supporters started a petition on Change.org to demand that the TMZ story be taken down. It had more than 10,500 signatures within hours.

Editor-at-large Avis Thomas-Lester contributed to this report.

Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) Chicago to hold a Press Conference Today in Response to the Grand Jury Decision on Officer Darren Wilson

Posted by Admin On November - 25 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS


CHICAGO, IL –  A Black person is killed by a police officer, security officer or self-appointed vigilante every 28 hours in America (Malcolm X Grassroots Movement). Following an indictment Grand Jury decision in the case of Officer Darren Wilson, the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) Chicago Chapter will engage in a press conference at 9:00 AM at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, 5thFloor, Chicago, IL, 60602 on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014. The press conference is in response to the lack of accountability for police violence in the City of Chicago and all over the nation.

In coordination with the Don’t Shoot Coalition and activists across the nation, BYP 100 Chicago members are calling for immediate demilitarization of law enforcement agencies nationwide. The group also joins Hands Up United in calling for Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to appoint a special prosecutor to oversee the case of Officer Darren Wilson.

Following the press conference, the group of young Black activists will lead healing circles and political education teach-ins on the BYP 100 Agenda to Keep Us Safe (The Agenda) which is a policy agenda that proposes strategies and policies to end the criminalization of Black youth in America. The Agenda is one step in a long-term fight to end the criminalization of Black youth and to end the violence against the Black people by law enforcement officers.

For more information about the press conference, please contact Camesha Jones at (240) 533-2876.

Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, non-violent direct action organizing, advocacy and education using a Black queer feminist lens. We are an organization affiliated with the Black Youth Project.

Kirk Reacts to Administration’s Extension of Iran Nuclear Talks

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CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued the following statement after the United States and its international partners pushed back the deadline for the nuclear talks with Iran to July 2015, with the near-term goal of negotiating a “political agreement” on Iran’s nuclear program by April 2015:

“Today’s announcement means that the Administration will continue to block sanctions and allow the terror-sponsoring Iranian regime to make $700 million a month—roughly $23 million per day—even as Iran advances its nuclear bomb-making program and sparks an arms race in the Middle East. Now more than ever, it’s critical that Congress enacts sanctions that give Iran’s mullahs no choice but to dismantle their illicit nuclear program and allow the International Atomic Energy Agency full and unfettered access to assure the international community’s security.”

Background:

  • The Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-195) passed the Senate in a 99-to-0 vote on June 24, 2010, and the House in a 408-to-8 vote on June 24, 2010.
  • During consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112-81), the Menendez-Kirk amendment to impose Central Bank of Iran (CBI) sanctions passed the Senate in a 100-to-0 vote on December 1, 2011.
  • The Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-158) passed the House in a 421-to-6 vote on August 1, 2012, and the Senate in a voice vote on August 1, 2012.
  • During consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Public Law 112-239), the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012, a Menendez-Kirk-Lieberman amendment to impose sanctions on Iran’s energy, shipping, and shipbuilding and port sectors, passed the Senate in a 94-to-0 vote on November 30, 2012.

Justice for Michael Brown: Sign The Petition

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Sign the petition to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder:

“We expect the Department of Justice to bring federal criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson, and to defend our 1st Amendment free speech rights to protest until Michael Brown’s killer is brought to justice.”

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Justice for Michael Brown

Last night, a Saint Louis county grand jury refused to indict Michael Brown’s killer — Darren Wilson.1 Brown’s life was cut brutally short in circumstances that have become far too familiar — a young unarmed African-American man is racially profiled and then gunned down by a police officer.

No parent should ever have to lose their child to senseless police violence. We send our love and support to Michael Brown’s parents — Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. — and we grieve with them and the countless other families of African-American youth who have been killed by police. But the Department of Justice can still hold Michael Brown’s killer fully accountable.

That’s why we are joining our allies at ColorofChange.org in demanding U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice bring federal criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson and help end abusive, militarized and biased policing targeting African Americans and Latinos.

Tell Attorney General Eric Holder: Bring federal criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson and defend our 1st Amendment rights to protest until Michael Brown’s killer is brought to justice. Click here to sign the petition.

From the very beginning, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch did everything in his power to avoid holding Officer Darren Wilson accountable, even refusing to recommend charges to the grand jury. But if enough of us raise our voices, together we can send a clear message to the Department of Justice that despite the state’s failure we expect the federal government to bring Michael Brown’s killer to justice, affirm the value of African-American life and send a strong message that there are severe legal consequences for senselessly taking the life of an African-American.

Michael Brown and all of the other young African-American youth who have been murdered because of the color of their skin deserve to be alive. The sad reality is that officers are almost never convicted when they harm or brutalize African Americans and Latinos.2 This must change.

Tell Attorney General Eric Holder: Bring federal criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson. Click here to sign the petition.

Prosecutor McCulloch didn’t need to convene a grand jury to secure an indictment against Officer Wilson, he could have charged Wilson immediately.3 But McCulloch worked hard to shield Officer Wilson from justice from the very beginning — as he has done for other rogue cops in the past. In 23 years as County Prosecutor, McCulloch has not prosecuted a single police shooting.4

Enough is enough. Join us in demanding the Department of Justice brings federal criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson and defends our 1st Amendment rights to protest until Michael Brown’s killer is brought to justice.

After Michael Brown was killed, the collective commitment to fight for justice and call for systemic reforms to policing policies and practices that put African-American lives in danger was overwhelming.5 We worked with our allies in the progressive movement, led by ColorofCange.org, to respond, organize and force authorities to pursue justice in a case that easily could have been forgotten, just like so many before. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to leave his post soon, and now is the time to pressure him to define his legacy by convening a federal grand jury and bringing Michael Brown’s killer to justice and affirming the value of African-American lives6.

Click below to sign the petition.

http://act.credoaction.com/sign/mike_brown_decision?t=6&akid=12291.6338158.YkAsxR

Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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  1. Mollie Reilly, “Ferguson Grand Jury Reaches Decision,” HuffingtonPost.com, November 24, 2014.
  2. Lizette Alvarez, “Florida Prosecutors Face Long Odds When Police Use Lethal Force,” the New York Times, September 3, 2014.
  3. Dana Milbank, “Ferguson tragedy becoming a farce,” the Washington Post, September 12, 2014.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Joyce Jones, “Groups Deliver Ferguson Petitions to White House,” BET.com, August 29,
  6. Carrie Johnson, “Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General,” NPR.com, September 25, 2014,

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