On Thursday, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) went on MSNBC and voiced his opinion that Obama should declare martial law in Ferguson, Missouri:
“Ferguson, Missouri, is part of the United States of America. People have a right to protest. They have a right to dissent. They have a right to march in an orderly, peaceful, nonviolent fashion. And the press has a right to cover it. So my own feeling, right now, is that President Obama should use the authority of his office to declare martial law. Federalize the Missouri National Guard to protect people as they protest.”
A disturbing suggestion, though I can sympathize with the level of intensity which prompted it…the anger, frustration, and seeming helplessness. Thankfully, it sounds like things have calmed down somewhat since Lewis made that statement, and without the need to escalate matters even further:
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Just 24 hours after police SWAT trucks, riot gear and tear gas defined protests of Michael Brown’s shooting death in Ferguson, Missouri, an entirely different scene appeared on Thursday.