It’s been more than a week since the grand jury in St. Louis County, Missouri said that police officer Darren Wilson should face no criminal charges, that his fatal shooting of Michael Brown was justified, that Wilson did not act improperly in the line of duty.
But the protests, the passions and the posturing over the Ferguson shooting and its aftermath have not subsided. In fact, in some respects, feelings about Ferguson and the “hands up, don’t shoot” theme adopted by protestors and those supporting them have greatly intensified.
From the White House to the Congress to the cities and streets of America, the heat over Ferguson and tensions over race in America are being turned up by those who, it appears, are seeking to exploit the “crisis of confidence” in the fairness of law enforcement.
Civil rights activist/agitator Jesse Jackson is now traveling the country firing up angry crowds with provocative rhetoric. As reported on breitbart.com, Jackson went so far as to say this in Portland, Oregon about the grand jury that found no cause to indict officer Wilson:
“The fact is, for three and a half months, this was no jury of substance,” Jackson said during his speech according to OregonLive. “No jury of integrity. No real America. This was a hangman’s noose,” Jackson said to the crowd.
While he didn’t use inflammatory words like “hangman’s noose” to attack the integrity of the American justice system, Attorney General Eric Holder was also on the road Monday speaking to impassioned crowds.
In a speech in Atlanta at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, when he was interrupted by Ferguson protestors, Holder showed sympathy and support for their feelings and their efforts.
While he reportedly didn’t try to correct any misconceptions or misgivings about the Ferguson grand jury’s findings of fact, the head of the Justice Department told the cheering audience that he will take significant action in the coming days with regard to federal policing guidelines, as CNN notes:
In the speech, Holder also said he plans to announce “rigorous new standards” for federal law enforcement “to help end racial profiling, once and for all.”
And in Washington, D.C., Ferguson fallout continues to be felt and ill feelings toward police fomented.
Not only did President Obama host a series of White House meetings Monday on race relations and community policing, but on the floor of Congress, members of the Congressional Black Caucus focused on Ferguson and the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative that the grand jury thoroughly discounted in its final report.
You can watch what happened in the House of Representatives by clicking on the video above.
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