WASHINGTON — The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus said in a statement Thursday the actions of the police in Ferguson, Missouri, reminded her of wars and uprisings abroad.
"An elected official was arrested, journalists are being assaulted and innocent, unarmed individuals are having weapons pointed in their faces for merely being outside of their homes," said Rep. Marcia Fudge. "What I saw last night reminded me of violent responses to uprisings in countries around the world, not here in my own backyard. We are supposed to be better than that."
Earlier this week, Fudge and other members of the CBC called on the Department of Justice to expand the scope of their investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was killed by police on Aug. 9.
Fudge was strongly critical of the St. Louis police department, which has clashed with protestors since Brown's death.
"If the St. Louis County Police Department's intent is to deescalate the situation in Ferguson, the way in which they have proceeded is a counterproductive means to that end, and they are doing much more harm than good," she said.
Kate Nocera is the managing editor for BuzzFeed’s Washington, DC bureau. Nocera is a recipient of the National Press Foundation's 2014 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting on Congress.
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