Congressional Black Caucus Chair: 'Unwritten Rule That Black Lives Hold No Value'
On Monday Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) called the grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown a "miscarriage of justice."
In a statement released through the Congressional Black Caucus, which she chairs, Fudge said the decision not to indict Wilson "is a slap in the face to Americans nationwide who continue to hope and believe that justice will prevail."
"This decision seems to underscore an unwritten rule that Black lives hold no value; that you may kill Black men in this country without consequences or repercussions," Fudge said. "This is a frightening narrative for every parent and guardian of Black and brown children, and another setback for race relations in America."
"My heart goes out to Michael Brown's loved ones, and to the loved ones of all the Michael Browns we have buried in this country," Fudge said.
Last week, G.K. Butterfield, the incoming chair of the Congressional Black Caucus -- and former Superior Court judge -- said that a crime "probably was committed" in the shooting and he warned that “if [grand jurors] turn their backs on justice …there will be pushback from those who are concerned about it — and I’m one of those who’s concerned about it. There will be pushback. We will be asking questions.”