WTF? Missouri Lt. Governor Wants ‘Anglo-American’ Justice Reinstated in Ferguson
On Tuesday, Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder called for a reinstatement of ‘Anglo-American’ justice to calm the unrest that has continued to erupt in Ferguson after the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Speaking to MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow, Kinder said he did not understand why Governor Jay Nixon decided to revoke a curfew he had put in place over Ferguson.
“I don’t understand an argument for not reinstating it,” he insisted about the rule that did little to quell the unrest erupting in the area. “I don’t understand that. I’m not trying to be overtly political. I am saying, the people of Ferguson, the people of the state of Missouri are crying out for leadership.”
Then, after admitting that there was “no question” that race was a factor in the events unfolding in Ferguson, he called for a return of the Anglo-American style justice that he said forms the ‘foundation’ of jurisprudence in America.
“We do not do justice in America in the streets,” he argued, calling for the end of the protests. “We have legal processes that are set in motion, that are designed after centuries of Anglo-American jurisprudence tradition, they’re designed to protect the rights and liberties of everyone involved.”
He added that this ‘Anglo-American justice tradition’ was meant to protect everyone, not just white people.
“That includes the Brown family, for justice for them and for the community. It also includes the officer who has not yet been charged,” he stressed. “Our constitutional and our Bill of Rights protections have to be followed here, and we do not do justice in the streets.”
He then concluded that one of the greatest things ‘Anglo-American civilization’ has brought to our legal system is the fact that matters should be handled in the courts, not the street.
“That’s one of the great advances of Anglo-American civilization, is that that we do not have politicized trials. We let the justice system work it out.”
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