WTVM 8/15/14 Editorial: Justice for Michael Brown

WTVM 8/15/14 Editorial: Justice for Michael Brown

(WTVM) - The shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson, MO police officer remains under investigation by federal, state and local authorities.

By six days after his death, Brown's family had still not been privately briefed by police.

In fact, it took police six days to issue a public statement which shed no light on the case and only asked for patience.

The delay in providing at least preliminary facts and in conducting interviews with key witnesses is frustrating and hard to defend.

Yet another delay, years in the making, and concerns why there is so little diversity in the Ferguson police force.

There are just three African American police officers among 53, in a town that is 70 percent black.

None of this, of course, justifies violence and looting.

But the old saying that "justice delayed is justice denied" seems very close to what could happen in Ferguson.

We can't judge the case on the facts because no one knows the full story.

Yes, we need to be patient... but the questions that result from so many delays offers an important lesson for every town in America.

Michael Brown, his family, the police and America deserve some swift answers.

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