National Urban League President Marc H. Morial today issued the following statement on the death of Michael Brown and the unrest in the city of Ferguson, Missouri.
“Today, we join the family of Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri in grieving the senseless death of this promising young man. These tragic instances of police misconduct must end—not just for the family of Michael Brown or Eric Garner or Sean Bell—but for the peace and well-being of communities of color and for our nation.
“As Michael’s death makes St. Louis County the latest flashpoint for outrage, anger and anguish, we are reminded that too many of our urban communities--gripped by hopelessness, joblessness and despair-- now feel under siege from the very institutions that are charged with protecting them.
“We are encouraged that the Attorney General has opened an inquiry into this incident and we call on leaders at the state and local level in St. Louis County and Missouri to do what is needed to ensure an independent and transparent investigation.
“The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and its President and CEO Michael McMillan stand ready to work with the community and local organizations to help the healing begin and to foster the critical conversation addressing the larger narrative that links our law enforcement institutions, the criminal justice system, and a dysfunctional economic system.”