Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ferguson put the criminal justice system on trial

More than a month later, established legal procedures and the concerns of the Ferguson community continue to be ignored.
And the heavy-handed, militaristic tactics employed by Ferguson and St. Louis County police in response to citizen protests following Brown’s killing are also a powerful wake-up call. While there were isolated aggressive acts by a few rogue protesters, the majority of protests and protesters were peaceful.
Yet the use of tear gas, stun grenades, and armored vehicles was reminiscent of ugly police confrontations with citizens during peaceful voting rights demonstrations in the South during the 1960s.
It’s unthinkable that we find those tactics acceptable today.