Insufficient evidence is evidence of a systemic problem

Posted by: Gordon on 11/24/2014

Rev Tracy Blackmon in Ferguson, by St. Louis AmericanFor there to have been insufficient evidence of abuse of power to indict Officer Darren Wilson is an indictment of the justice system. This decision allows biased policing to remain normative behavior amongst our law enforcement personnel.

We stand in support of our St. Louis region affiliates, Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU) and United Congregations of Metro-East, as they negotiate peaceful protests in the midst of a tinderbox of emotions.

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable," the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said. "... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

The people in Ferguson and the St. Louis region have been patient through this struggle, suffering through the memory of a young man lying dead in the street and the anticipation of justice.

Now they and we  are determined to remain dedicated in pursuit of justice for Michael Brown and every marginalized victim in Ferguson, and every town, city and village that resembles it. As we prepare to gather our national leadership in Florissant the first week in December in St. Louis, our hearts and minds are with the people of St Louis.

Photo courtesy of St. Louis American

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