You took the time several times in your speech tonight to blame the media and social media multiple times for a variety of things regarding the death of Michael Brown. We the people are here to keep the government honest. We the journalists are here to make sure that the government hears the people. If you want the discussion to continue about how to keep police accountable for their actions, especially when those actions result in a death, you should not blast the outlets that make it possible for the average person to speak out and be heard, as well as to stay informed about what’s going on in the world. Do not blame the media, social or commercial, if you will not even bring a man who we all know killed Mike Brown to trial.

Please believe that I will be making every effort to ensure that my black brothers and sisters get the same treatment that I would get in the same situation, to at least the bare minimum treatment of the Fourteenth Constitutional Amendment  – “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

We have not seen the evidence that was presented to the grand jury yet, but be sure that many of us will be carefully scrutinizing all of them. I doubt that anyone with any regard for human life will say that 10 shots, two of which came from inside the car, fired at a man 158 ft away from you over 90 seconds was “due process”, no matter what his crime.

Mike Brown deserved better. Ferguson deserves better. America deserves better, and we will do our best to get it.

Sincerely,

An American journalist who believes that Black Lives Matter.

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