Pelosi Statement on Ferguson Protests
“Our hearts ache for the family of Michael Brown and for the entire community of Ferguson, Missouri. His death is a tragedy, and the response to neighborhood protests for transparency and accountability is deeply troubling.
“We hope that the Governor's involvement will immediately deescalate the situation. While we all respect the important responsibility of law enforcement in keeping people safe, law enforcement must also protect their rights.
“I commend the President for his leadership in directing the Department of Justice to investigate the death of Michael Brown. It is clear the Department of Justice should examine every aspect of the past few days, including whether there were any federal civil rights violations. It should also examine the long standing issues between the citizens of Ferguson and their elected officials and local law enforcement. A credible and comprehensive investigation is absolutely necessary to secure justice for Michael Brown’s family and the community.”