Attorneys Midwin Charles and Lisa Bloom joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to review the Ferguson grand jury decision and access St. Louis County Prosecutor, Bob McCulloch’s actions in the proceedings.
Charles told Martin, “I have never ever seen a prosecutor work so hard to exonerate somebody who essentially has been accused of committing a crime.”
It’s almost as though he strolled out there and made that statement as though he was Darren Wilson’s attorney and that is precisely what a prosecutor is not supposed to do,” said Charles.
Lisa Bloom also weighed in on McCulloch’s actions in the Wilson grand jury proceedings saying, “the second most outrageous thing is the blatant special treatment Darren Wilson received from a prosecutor that didn’t want to charge him directly and now having read the transcripts can say, for prosecutors who just didn’t cross-examine him at all. Asked him a series of softball questions, apologized for stressing him out.”
“NewsOne Now” caller Calvin, from Capitol Heights, MD believes protesters are justified to burn and loot businesses Ferguson. He said,”We need to stop complaining about us rioting when somebody has been killed. We have more complaints about the riots than when the big complaint is about somebody being killed.”
Calvin also believes we would not be talking about Ferguson if they had not rioted and looted.
Roland Martin was having none of that. Martin sharply snapped back saying, “… that is nonsense!”
“There is somebody African American in Ferguson this morning who is going to a place and they don’t have a job as a result. I will never justify that kind of nonsense, NEVER!”
Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal joined Roland Martin Tuesday on “NewsOne Now” to discuss the fallout after the Ferguson grand jury decision was read. As a result of last night’s rioting and unrest, Chappelle-Nadal said her offices were burned down.
Sen. Chappelle-Nadal has been teaching civic engagement classes twice a week since a month after the Michael Brown shooting so that her constituents “can be empowered and know what it takes to make change in their communities.”
“What happened last night was completely opposite from what we expected. There are so many different organizations that are on the ground that are doing very good things and we’ve worked very hard to move the temperament from anger to positive action,” said Chappelle-Nadal.
“… last night there were a few people who decided not to use that positive energy that we had been trying to display for the last 108 days and while others were protesting the majority of people were protesting in peace.”
She added, “There were some characters who were still in the crowd who completely denigrated our community and that is unacceptable and we’re not going to tolerate it.”
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.