Towery column missed point on Ferguson
August 27, 2014 11:01 PM | 787 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

I read articles that are slanted on liberal and conservative issues. One cannot fully discern what is correct unless they hear both sides. I judge each article on face value.

Matt Towery’s column “While Nation’s Eyes Are on Ferguson, Justice for Toddler Is Ignored” in the MDJ seems to miss several key points.

He is comparing apples to oranges. The unfortunate incident with the toddler by the SWAT team is deplorable and surely deserved front page news. There were demonstrations regarding the incident, not enough, but people did take to the streets.

It is essential, however, that the Georgia Legislature take a real close look at the no-knock laws and how they are administered. Incidents relating to the law are the unfortunate death in Atlanta in 2006 of a 92-year old woman and in 2007 the injury of a pregnant woman in Clayton County.

In the case of Michael Brown, he did not deserve to be shot six times, even if he had committed a petty shoplifting crime. The policeman is not the judge and jury. We have a court of law to determine guilt or innocence.

In America, there are too many cases of unarmed black males being killed and there needs to be an extensive look at our justice system. We are counting on Attorney General Holder to correct this situation. A civil rights violation certainly exists in this case. There is no proof that Michael Brown struggled with the police; only an allegation by the police community.

Witnesses in the community tell a different story; that he was shot while he had his hands in the air.

The incident with the toddler and the statements that the county will not pay the medical bills is wrong and lacks common decency. The toddler will probably be scarred for life; both physically and emotionally.

Marion Moffitt

Kennesaw

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