McCaskill: Protests were 'invaded'
By: Jonathan Topaz
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on Tuesday said the biggest problem in Ferguson is that a small minority of violent individuals has “invaded” protests in the city.
“The protesters have now been invaded, and embedded among them are a group of instigators, some coming from other states, that want a confrontation with the police,” the Democratic senator said on MSNBC, after praising the “wonderful” Ferguson community.
McCaskill has been a visible presence in the aftermath of the shooting of unarmed African-American 18-year-old Michael Brown, and will meet on Wednesday with Attorney General Eric Holder and Republican Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt in Ferguson.
The senator praised Holder and said the Justice Department’s parallel investigation was crucial to earn the trust of the community, given a “natural distrust” of state and local authorities on civil rights issues.
“I want to make sure that with Eric Holder’s visit tomorrow, the people in the community are reassured that there is a very, very competent set of eyes looking over the shoulder of every state and local investigator in the community,” she said.
President Barack Obama on Monday announced he would be sending Holder to Ferguson this week.
On Tuesday McCaskill echoed Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a fellow Missouri Democrat, in suggesting that it wouldn’t be a good decision for Obama to go to Ferguson, saying that it would be practically difficult to provide the necessary security for a presidential visit.
“It is a very bad time for a presidential visit for the practical reasons,” she said, given that local officials are already stretched thin in overseeing the protests.
The senator said she will be in Ferguson on Tuesday, partly in an effort to help."