Missouri Governor, Lawmakers MIA As Chaos Breaks Out In Ferguson.

  • Missouri Governor, Lawmakers MIA As Chaos Breaks Out In Ferguson

    It doesn’t appear that anyone is in charge in Ferguson, Mo.

    Should the Ferguson police department release the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown? Yes: all the facts need to be transparent.
    No: he needs to be protected.




    On Wednesday night, as local police in heavily militarized gear sprayed peaceful protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets — not to mention their violent arrest of two reporters, including HuffPost’s Ryan Reilly — hardly any of the state’s political leaders so much as lifted a finger to try to ease the chaos.

    Not a peep out was heard from Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) all day. Just before midnight, Nixon finally tweeted, “Canceling all appearances at the @MoStateFair to visit North #STL County tomorrow. Statement to follow.”

    Sen. Roy Blunt (R) was silent. An aide said he’s been talking to local and federal officials “this week” about the protests in Ferguson in response to a police officer shooting and killing unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on Saturday. But the aide had no response when asked if Blunt was trying to intervene in Wednesday’s violence.

    Rep. Lacy Clay (D), who represents Ferguson, didn’t issue any kind of statement and wasn’t even in his district. He is in Washington, D.C, per his spokesman, and has been “working closely” with the Justice Department to oversee the investigation into Brown’s murder.

    Asked if Clay was doing anything to try to ease Wednesday’s violence, his spokesman suggested he was not.

    “Situation calmer right now,” said the spokesman, at about 10:45 p.m., when protesters were still in a standoff with Ferguson police in riot gear. “Ridiculous situation earlier with your reporters and Wes Lowery of WaPo.”

    The most that any Missouri leader was doing, at least publicly, was Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), who tweeted that she was “continuing to work the phones to deescalate the tense and unacceptable situation in Ferguson.” A request from her office for more specifics was not returned.

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