FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Leading black members of Congress took to a church pulpit in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday to trace a direct link from Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy to the fight for criminal justice reform after recent fatal police shootings across the U.S.
Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr. spoke to parishioners at Wellspring United Methodist Church, just blocks from where violent protests broke out after a Ferguson officer shot 18-year-old Michael Brown and again after a grand jury declined to indict the officer.
“We need to be outraged when local law enforcement and the justice system repeatedly allow young, unarmed black men to encounter police and then wind up dead with no consequences,” the St. Louis Democrat said. “Not just in Ferguson, but over and over again across this country.”
Clay was joined by eight members of the Congressional Black Caucus at the service a day after…
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