Following the announcement that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted on any charges in relation to the Michael Brown shooting and killing which occurred on Aug. 9, President Barack Obama made statements in regard to the situation. Though the president has called for a civil method of protesting the decision by those who disagree with the grand jury’s assessment, he has not said enough – according to many persons – to show a sincere respect for the decision the grand jury in Missouri made. According to a Politico report on Tuesday, one of the staunchest critics of Obama’s response was Rep. Peter King, a Republican lawmaker from New York.
Rather than making general statements regarding Obama’s belief that the looting, fires, and other forms of violent protest are wrong, King believes Obama should do much more to show support for America’s police officers who are thrown in the midst of violence on a regular basis. King said that he thinks it would be very helpful if President Obama went and met with Officer Wilson or even invited him to the White House. He thinks Obama should tell Wilson that he knows he’s gone through a lot in the past four months of smear and slander and the least the country can do is tell you that it’s unfortunate that it happened.
King also believes that Obama should personally thank Wilson for doing his job. According to a Fox News interview, King believes Obama should make an attempt to bring the communities together, says a Washington Post report on the topic. King said that the president’s response to the grand jury’s non-indictment of Wilson was inappropriately lackluster. The criticism of Obama for not attempting to calm the racial divide in America has been present throughout the past couple of months during the Michael Brown controversy.
Beyond criticizing Obama, in a Fox Business Channel interview, King lashed out at Al Sharpton by saying, “When are we going to stop listening to Al Sharpton? That’s another thing. When has he become the moral arbiter of who’s right and who’s wrong?” The Fox host agreed that Sharpton has fueled the raging fire over the Ferguson controversy, says a Fox Business report.
Obama spoke to the nation shortly after the grand jury’s non-indictment decision was announced on Monday night, according to CNN. Many persons hoped and expected Obama to speak more equally of the two sides of the controversy. In spite of the president’s call for calm, the announcement regarding Wilson was followed by incredibly violent protests in Ferguson. Other parts of the country had more civil forms of protest.