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TheChat: Brandon Ellington demands that lawmakers address Ferguson

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It’s Friday, and it’s going to be warm, baby.

▪ “We are disgusted with the findings of racially charged emails and multiple constitutional violations from an institution that is responsible for upholding the law.” — Missouri state Rep. Brandon Ellington, chairman of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus, on the Justice Department’s report on Ferguson.

Ellington, a Kansas City Democrat, went on to say that DOJ investigation “not only validates but shows the necessity for overt judicial and law enforcement reform. When an agency is charged with the responsibility of serving and protecting the public, they cannot do it with a biased nature. How can you trust an institution that is supposed to serve and protect when they show a blatant hatred and disrespect to the very people they are sworn to protect?” He said he hopes House leaders now agree to focus on a “Ferguson agenda” this session.

▪ “Your hope, when you see something this jarring, is that (Ferguson) is an outlier. But deep inside you, you know there are still challenges throughout our state.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on his concern that the poor policing people saw in Ferguson may extend to other departments.

Nixon is undoubtedly correct, and that means citizens will have to be vigilant about police activities throughout the state and report problems to authorities.

▪ “I want the public to see my e-mail.” — Hillary Clinton in a tweet about her practice of using a private e-mail account to conduct official business while she was secretary of state.

Clinton was under increasing pressure to release her correspondence trail after a congressional committee on Wednesday issued subpoenas to get them. A State Department spokeswoman said the e-mails that Clinton provides will be reviewed using “a normal process” that guides the release of such things.

▪ “So I can understand — even if Danforth cannot — that if two political people were talking about a candidate, one might mention that the candidate was Jewish.” — St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan on why former Missouri Sen. Jack Danforth was off-base in his eulogy of Tom Schweich.

McClellan defended GOP party chair John Hancock for apparently mentioning Schweich’s religious faith. The columnist said if Schweich was Jewish, which he wasn’t, that’s relevant because the Missouri Republican Party never nominates Jewish people to statewide office, and Hancock may have been discussing Schweich’s prospects. Pressure is building on Hancock to step down because he’s been tied to an anti-Schweich whispering campaign.

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