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CNN's Crowley Asks Rep. Clay He's 'Usurping' Brown Investigation By Calling It Murder

CNN's Candy Crowley asks Missouri Rep. Lacy Clay if he's somehow interfering in the investigation of the death of Michael Brown by expressing his opinion.
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Who knew that a member of the United States Congress expressing their opinion about whether you should call an unarmed teenager being gunned down in the streets a murder or not was somehow going to impede the investigation and stop the justice system from doing their jobs and getting to the bottom of what happened?

That's exactly what CNN's Candy Crowley was implying with her question for Missouri Rep. Lacy Clay on this Sunday's State of the Union.

CROWLEY: Congressman Clay, I'm going to give you the final word on this.

You have called this a murder. And I understand. And this is an unarmed 18-year-old shot by a policeman. That much, we know. There's a difference of opinion about what led to that. But the day in court, should it come to that, are you already sort of usurping that by calling it a murder?

CLAY: I don't think I'm usurping it by calling it a murder.

And I will say this. And I made a commitment and a promise to Ms. McSpadden, Michael Brown's mother, that I will pursue justice with the family at every avenue, be it on the federal level or at the state level.

Now -- and so, you know, what happened Friday with the police Chief Jackson releasing the name of the officer and releasing those photos of Michael Brown were totally unrelated to the incident. We should not lose focus of the incident, but you had an 18-year-old person walking in the street...

CROWLEY: Right. Right.

CLAY: ... who was eventually gunned down after he raised his arms to surrender to police.

So that has to be addressed. And I want the legal system to take its course.

Given the lack of transparency and the huge number of unanswered questions out there, someone needs to be pushing to see that the right thing is done and that the investigation is not stonewalled.

This was the end of a segment that had Clay paired off with disgraced ex-con and former New York City Police Commissioner, Bernard Kerik. It seems we can add another name to the list of crooks on the right who the corporate media is more than happy to put through Republican rehab.

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