WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) issued the following statement in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision of Nov. 24 in the Michael Brown shooting case:
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Michael Brown, the community of Ferguson and the entire nation during this difficult time.
“I join the Brown family and President Obama in calling for nonviolence. I absolutely support people in their desire and right to gather peacefully. Peaceful protests have been pivotal in expanding civil rights and equal protection under the law in our nation.
“It’s my hope that this national tragedy will inspire communities and law enforcement to end racial profiling and protect all citizens. It’s also an opportunity for Congress to set aside its party differences and put the people first by passing the End Racial Profiling Act. I also support the Justice Department’s civil rights investigation of the Ferguson Police Department and other Departments around the nation, including Baltimore’s.”
Barbara Ann Mikulski is the senior United States Senator from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party, serving since 1987.