Here’s what the politicos said Monday night about Ferguson:
▪ President Barack Obama:
“First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law. And so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make. There are Americans who agree with it, and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry. It’s an understandable reaction. But I join Michael’s parents in asking anyone who protests this decision to do so peacefully.”
▪ Kansas City Mayor Sly James:
“I’m a 62-year-old black man. I lived through the assassination of Martin Luther King. I came of age during the Civil Rights Movement. I spent years in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam era.
“I’ve seen my fair share of generational events. Ferguson is a generational event and I understand the emotions around this decision.”
▪ Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat:
“My commitment to the people of the region and state is this: I will do everything in my power to keep you safe and protect your right to speak. We must also make a commitment to one another: to trust more and fear less, to hold ourselves to a higher standard of personal responsibility and mutual respect, and to keep working to extend the promise of America to all our citizens.”
▪ Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican:
“I’ve talked extensively to law enforcement officials to learn more about the tactics, resources, and procedures that our first responders utilize statewide. Law enforcement officials have been candid in identifying ways officers could have handled the situation in Ferguson better, and I trust those recommendations will be helpful as we continue to count on them to protect us.”
▪ Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat:
“There will be many people who are disappointed in today’s decision, even though it is a result of a deliberate legal process that’s being independently checked by Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Justice Department.
“While we await the conclusion of that independent investigation—and continue working together for solutions to systemic issues highlighted by this tragedy—I’m praying that the good people of St. Louis and local law enforcement will remain peaceful and respectful of one another.”
▪ Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones, a Republican:
“Our system of justice, whether we personally like the outcome or not, has succeeded in evaluating the facts presented and has come to a conclusion that must be respected in a nation that continues to be a country governed by the law.”