Friday, August 15, 2014

Cooper: 'Excessive Force Has No Place in America'

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 9:01 AM

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For nearly a week, there has been chaos in occupied Ferguson, Mo., where police had pulled out all their war gear to use against almost entirely peaceful protesters in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, by a police officer.

And yesterday, members of Congress started commenting on the situation, as did President Barack Obama.

Pith reached out to Nashville Congressman Jim Cooper for his thoughts and he sent along a statement last night:

Michael Brown’s tragic death deserves a thorough investigation. In the meantime, the authorities shouldn’t bully protesters and reporters. Excessive force has no place in America.

In Nashville and across the country yesterday, people demonstrated in solidarity with those in Missouri demanding answers and justice for the slain teenager. With the highway patrol taking over law enforcement, and the armored vehicles and snipers removed from the streets, there was calm in Ferguson last night for the first time since Brown's death. But there are still very few answers.

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