After days of turmoil and chaos in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, things finally began to quiet down last night. In fact, they grew downright festive as the state highway patrol troopers replaced the local police force, and wouldn’t you know it? The citizenry of Ferguson responded to police officers that actually respected them and their concerns.
Huh. Who would’ve thought that a little compassion and humanity could’ve changed the entire tenor of the protests?
In the meantime, Gov. Jay Nixon acknowledged that the Ferguson chief of police will be releasing the name of the white police officer who shot Michael Brown , probably because of the intense pressure to do so (Update: The name has been released). As for Governor Nixon? I’m not sure what the rest of Missouri thinks of him, but I know what Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal thinks of him. After calling the Governor a “coward” on MSNBC earlier, she took to Twitter last night and responded to a couple of Tweets from the Governor.
Here’s her comments on MSNBC about the Governor, earlier in the day (for context):
“Our governor, Governor Nixon, has been absent from the minority community, not for a few years, but for a few decades, and this is inexcusable. And he only comes to the minority community when it’s politically expedient. And now that the world’s eyes are on Missouri… the governor is now here. But he’s not really at Ground Zero. He’s never come to Ground Zero… For that, I call him a coward.”
She also calmly asked the Chief of Police during a presser on Wednesday whether, she was “going to be gassed again?”
I like this woman.