Aug 21 2014

Live From Ferguson, Rosa Clemente Discusses Brown’s Killing, Protests, and Community Trauma

The situation in Ferguson, Missouri, overnight, was relatively calm with six people arrested by police. United States Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in the area yesterday to meet with the FBI and community leaders twelve days after the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown at the hands of White police officer Darren Wilson.

Although Holder wrote an op-ed in the St. Louis Dispatch prior to his trip saying, “Our investigation into this matter will be full, it will be fair, and it will be independent”, some are puzzling over Holder’s presence in Ferguson. As US Attorney for Washington DC from 1993 to 1997 Holder’s term in office saw a huge spike in the numbers of people killed by police and Holder had a reputation for indifference to police brutality.

Meanwhile, the FBI has dispatched 40 agents to interview witnesses and a local grand jury has already started hearing evidence to determine whether police officer Darren Wilson can be brought up on felony charges. The case is expected to run through October.

Many people in the black community however, are voicing concern over St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch who will be overseeing the case. Back in 2000, McCulloch sided with a grand jury who chose not to press charges against white police officers who killed two black men.

Michael Brown’s funeral has been set for Monday in St. Louis. The Reverend Al Sharpton has been chosen to deliver the eulogy.

GUEST: Rosa Clemente was the 2008 Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate. She is currently a distinguished visiting professor at Cal State Los Angeles Pan African Studies Department

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