*We knew it would only be a matter of time before the Rev. Jesse Jackson weighed in on the killing of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown. Jackson appeared on MSNBC to talk about what was happening in Ferguson. He compared the killing of the unarmed teen to a “state execυtion.”
Jackson posed questions to the viewing audience as he addressed the situation.
“'[H]ow many times was he shot? And where was he shot? And why was he lying in the street for several hours?’ That was kind of a state execυtion,” he said.
“There’s a pattern of this behavior,” Jackson concluded, giving reference to the cases of Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant.
Jackson also showed compassion for the Ferguson community in an op-ed piece published in USA Today.
“This is a hard working, church going and middle-to-working class community with families struggling economically to keep their heads above water. There is also a smaller but growing poor community in Ferguson. It reflects what’s happening in America generally,” wrote Jackson. “When journalists and politicians speak of a dwindling middle class that’s under economic assault and a poor community that’s getting bigger, they’re talking about Ferguson. Independent of the racial demographics and dynamics of Ferguson, Missouri, there’s a ‘Ferguson’ near you.”
The reverend also praised State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who took over security operations as directed by Gov. Jay Nixon.
“I really want to say Capt. Ron Johnson has made himself eligible to be the next police chief of Ferguson,” Jackson said. “He has handled himself in such a way that he has brought calm to a very chaotic situation.”
Johnson has been walking with protesters and hugging them.
“I’m not afraid to be in this crowd,” Johnson told reporters.
Johnson acknowledged the fear of police in the community and said he will do all he can to change that.
“When I see a young lady cry because of fear of this uniform, that’s a problem.” Johnson said. “We’ve got to solve that.”
Here’s the video: