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WASHINGTON—A. Shuanise Washington, president and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) today released the following statement on the grand jury decision on the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson Police officer, Darren Wilson.
“Our heartfelt prayers are with Michael Brown’s family as they cope with the pain and frustration of the grand jury’s decision.
“Although our justice system may not always seem fair, violence and riots will not bring peace and balance to our country. CBCF will continue to believe in our judicial process. As a nation, we can move forward from this decision by reexamining law enforcement arrest procedures involving unarmed individuals.
“As the CBCF continues its mission to develop young leaders, educate the public and inform policy, we encourage people to become more civically engaged and collaborate with community groups, faith leaders, legislators to reevaluate our social, political and moral commitment to building up the next generation.
“Instead of letting this decision divide us, we should ask ourselves how we can prevent tragedies like this from happening again. That is the best way to honor a young man whose life was taken too soon.”