Rep. Jeffries Statement on the Failure of the Grand Jury to Indict Officer Darren Wilson in the Killing of Unarmed Teenager Michael Brown
Brooklyn, NY – Today, U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the failure of the grand jury to indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed Ferguson teenager Michael Brown:
“From Ferguson to Brooklyn, the zip codes may be different but the issue of police officers shooting young, unarmed African-American men without justification is exactly the same. Throughout this country, we need a dramatic change in the manner that law enforcement authorities engage communities of color.
The failure of the grand jury to indict Officer Darren Wilson is a miscarriage of justice. But justice delayed is not justice denied. We now need the federal civil rights investigation to take center stage, and do the right thing for the family of Michael Brown."
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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) is a member of the House Judiciary Committee who represents the 8th Congressional district in the House of Representatives.