November 30, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick (D. MA) called for true justice regarding the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO on Meet the Press today:

Outgoing Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass., told NBC's Chuck Todd that without seeing all the facts "of course I wanted to see an indictment" from the grand fury reviewing the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson.

Patrick explained Sunday on Meet the Press that he wanted an indictment, "mostly because I think a trial and the transparency of a trial would be good for the community."

He continued, "Because so many of us have the supposition that police officers are not going to be held accountable and are not going to have to answer for the shooting of unarmed young black teenagers."

Patrick, who led the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division from 1993-96, suggested bringing a federal civil rights case will be tough because of the higher burden needed for federal charges.

"It will be very difficult," Patrick said. "It's very important I think, that DOJ is investigating it and I know that Attorney General Holder has been urging that investigation and will drive it through to conclusion."

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