Ferguson-area lawmakers on the reaction to girl's murder vs. police shootings

August 20, 2015

(KMOV.com) – A Ferguson area lawmaker said she is just as outraged about the murder of 9-year-old Jamyla Bolden as she is about fatal officer-involved shootings.

“At the end of the day, we want to catch those animals and bring them to justice,” said Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed.

Nasheed’s comments came after some observers said community members are only angry after officer-involved shootings but not after other shootings. Nasheed said that viewpoint demonstrates a perception problem.

“We do have a perception problem when outsiders look at reaction of African Americans when you have an officer-involved shooting vs. a black on black shooting,” Nasheed said. “We just finished a march about stopping violence. We did it last weekend, so it’s not like people don’t care.”

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