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Should Federal Gov. Intervene In Ferguson?
Should the Federal Government step in to ensure justice is served in the Michael Brown case? Janai Nelson, NAACP Legal Defense debates Jason Riley, Wall Street Journal Editorial Board member.
One Day After LDF and Other Civil Rights Groups Criticize Militarized Response in Ferguson, Governor Jay Nixon Suspends Curfew8/18/14
(New York, NY)—Just 24 hours after the ACLU, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law jointly issued a statement criticizing the curfew in Ferguson, Missouri as unconstitutional and calling for a de-escalation of the militarized response to civil unrest, Gov. Jay Nixon has suspended the city's curfew.
"What, since Sunday, has been done to give the community confidence that justice will be done?" Ifill asked on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd" the morning of August 18th.
"The unrest you see here is the frustration in the absence of leadership, the absence of accountability," Ifill said. "Those leaders need to come forward, stand before the people who elected them, and be accountable: explain what they expect to happen, explain the timetable, explain what their intentions are."
Thirteen Leading Civil Rights Organizations Issue Call for Action and Reforms in Response to Ferguson Tragedy8/18/14
Update 8/18: Missouri Governor Jay Nixon calls off curfew in Ferguson and says the National Guard will have a limited role.
(New York) In a joint statement issued today together with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund called for a de-escalation of the militarized response to civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.