Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal spoke out about Ferguson police tactics at a presser yesterday, asking “I just wanted to know if I’m going to be gassed again.” And on MSNBC today, Chappelle-Nadal called Governor Jay Nixon a “coward” for his handling of the situation.
Chappelle-Nadal told Mitchell that she was just sitting down with a group of young people, protesting and not doing anything violent, when the police showed up. There were “tanker trucks with police officers with their shotguns aimed at us,” she said, despite none of them having any weapons.
As for Nixon, Chappelle-Nadal really went after him for a history of what she deemed an uncaring attitude about the black community.
“Our governor, Governor Nixon, has been absent from the minority community, not for a few years, but for a few decades, and this is inexcusable. And he only comes to the minority community when it’s politically expedient. And now that the world’s eyes are on Missouri… the governor is now here. But he’s not really at Ground Zero. He’s never come to Ground Zero… For that, I call him a coward.”
It should be noted Nixon did speak following Chappelle-Nadal’s comments earlier about the security and safety needs of Ferguson residents, as well as the right of people to peacefully protest.
Watch the video below, via MSNBC:
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