Coast Residents React to Grand Jury Decision in Ferguson

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Fallout from Monday night’s controversial decision out of Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury chose not to indict a white police officer for the shooting death of an unarmed black teen.

The case has sparked a heated debate nationwide about race and the American justice system. When the St. Louis County prosecutor announced police officer, Darren Wilson, would not stand trial for the shooting death of 18 year old, Michael Brown, people on the Coast had some mixed reactions. One resident says, “I think the decision’s just from the facts that they had.”

Another resident says, “I mean, those guys sitting behind the closed doors, they not the people you need to answer to. It’s the public.” When the rioting began, those differences disappeared. Another resident says, “I don’t think the rioting is right, I mean, you not gonna’ get results like that.”

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Another resident says, “I think it’s ridiculous.”

To better understand how the events in Ferguson relate to south Mississippi, News 25 visited with the state’s youngest legislator, Jeramey Anderson. Anderson says, “You know, that could have been any community. That could have been right here in Moss Point. Michael Brown, Treyvon Martin, that could be Jeramey Anderson.”

Anderson thinks the issues going on in Ferguson have less to do with race and more to do with social class. Anderson closes, “It’s not about white and black. It’s really not. Our criminal justice system works for a small group of people, whether that’s the rich versus the poor, whether that’s the privileged versus the unprivileged, the educated versus the uneducated.”



Anderson says he hopes there will come a time when the justice system works for everyone.