Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Crime & Courts

Ferguson ultimatum: Lawmaker threatens more civil unrest if cop not convicted

See also

An outspoken Missouri lawmaker on Friday threatened Ferguson, Missouri, residents and government authorities with more civil unrest such as looting and violence if Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, isn't convicted by prosecutors, according to CNN's Jake Tapper.

State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who represents Ferguson in the Missouri legislature, has been active in the news media criticizing everyone from the local police department and its chief to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon regarding their response to the shooting of the 6'4" tall, 290 lbs. Ferguson. She also joined protesters almost every night.

According to CNN's Jake Tapper, the 39-year-old Democrat all but threatened increased civil unrest and disobedience in the already damaged Ferguson community unless the prosecutor obtains an indictment against Officer Wilson followed by his winning a conviction for murder or other serious felony.

"It's amazing that Nadal, who is considered an American leader, would make such statements. It really drags down the reputations of politicians even further," said former police officer and corporate security director Joel Asgasia.

"And except for Fox News Channel and a few other news outlets, she's being cheered on by members of the news media," Asgasia added.

State Sen. Chappelle-Nadal continues to be loudly critical of Ferguson and Missouri law enforcement, complaining about police officers wearing protective gear including military-style helmets and driving in armored vehicles. She created controversy last week denigrating the governor on social websites such as Twitter when she tweeted: “You don't know s--- bc you never communicate. F--- you, Governor!”

Besides the African American state senator, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson on Wednesday and was accused of "stoking up" the resentment of blacks.

“I understand that mistrust. I am the Attorney General of the United States. But I am also a black man. I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding. Pulled over… Let me search your car…Go through the trunk of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff. I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me," Holder told a crowd of young college students.

Advertisement

Related Videos:

  • Obama's Kenyan Family
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518384266" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518384266&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Celebrity stalker: Actor Keanu Reeves detains female home invader
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518423729" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518423729&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Border Patrol Agent's Funeral
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518002044" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518002044&autoStart=true"></div>