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August 14th, 2014
07:50 PM ET

Obama calls for transparency in Missouri

One of the major issues reportedly driving the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri is lack of transparency from the police department.
The anonymity of the officer who shot and killed 18-year old Michael Brown is fueling anger and distrust among the community. Former officer David Klinger talks to Brooke Baldwin about the process involved in this investigation.

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  1. Bigwilliestyles

    More proof that we live in a 'police state'. Protecting a police officer from the consequences of his loss of sanity resulting in the murder of a civilian for the crime of 'not using the pavement' is wrong on too many levels to list here. He disobeyed the almighty police; that has long carried the death penalty for blacks in the u.s.

    August 14, 2014 at 11:21 pm |
  2. warthog6

    The Chief of Police for Ferguson is a colossal elephant-seal of a big fat fxxk, and has numerous officers on staff who are also big fat fxxks. A fat cop is a traitor, but I've never seen a fat Chief of Police before. That's a crime I've never had a law for. If his standards are that far gone, how lax are his officers–especially the fat ones? In one of the first videos about this, there was one cop wearing a blue polo with a sidearm that is literally fatter than any cop I've ever seen in my life. He could barely get out of his car. You know how people say in every fat guy there's a thing guy fighting to get out? In this case, that wasn't even a metaphor. I think he actually ate another person.

    They say a sinking tide lowers all ships, and the same goes for standards affecting behavior. In this case, maybe Brown did not shove the car door back into the officer. Maybe the door latch just popped like a burst seam and then sprung back and slammed on his sagging backfat.

    August 15, 2014 at 12:01 am |
  3. warthog6

    I know I'm repeating myself, but I just can't get over it. It may turn out that all the rioting in Ferguson is less about murder than the Chief of Police constantly pulling over anyone with a McDonald's bag, and saying "are you gonna finish that?"

    I can't believe he's a full-bird colonel rank. The only department he should be a colonel of is KFC.

    August 15, 2014 at 12:15 am |
  4. yo4c

    Reblogged this on African Youth Dialogue.

    August 15, 2014 at 5:34 am |
  5. evelyn

    I need to say my piece , Why when a black person is shot of abuse by a white you spend days on it but when its black on white is a split second you people are just racist and you feed hate never going to watch your station . If that cop gets kill you are a fault you just like drama not the truth .. All the looting wouldn't happen if you didn't send all the media coverage .

    August 15, 2014 at 2:46 pm |
  6. Darinda

    With all the calls for "transparency", I have seen anything mentioned about the victim's past. What's his rap sheet look like?

    August 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm |
  7. Carol

    Brooke, why aren't you similarly addressing black on black crime in places like chicago? in this case, you're rushing to judgement and not maintaining strict objective reporting of the facts.

    August 15, 2014 at 3:56 pm |
  8. john

    my gosh....the rest of the world must have stopped.....CNN you have beat this this story to death....report the news....next story. Al Jazerra is starting to sound good

    August 15, 2014 at 4:31 pm |
  9. randy

    CNN you just feed the hate! Your story line is so one-sided it stinks. This kid was a thug and now a proven theif. The officer merely asks him to get out of the street, what does he do, he fights the officer for his gun. But you don't care about that, you just want to give Al Sharpton more time to fuel the hate. CNN you are disgusting!

    August 15, 2014 at 7:18 pm |
  10. Bigwilliestyles

    Three black witnesses stated they saw a white man commit murder; the accused murderer says it ain't so. The accused murderer has not been arrested or charged...

    August 16, 2014 at 1:39 am |
  11. ckt54

    Wish Obama would have spoken out when young black males shot and killed a white baby because the mother didn't hand over money fast enough when they were robbing her,or the KNOCKOUT GAME that young black males are doing to non blacks, or young black males being killed by young black males in Chicago and other major cities, or how many white police officers have been killed by young black males or how Sharpton, Jackson and ambulance chasing attorneys go to the scenes and spew out lies to inflame and incite and the news media does it for ratings which means dollars. It would not have made the news or the presidents or holders attention had it been a black cop shooting a young white boy or shooting a young black boy or a black committing a crime against a white.

    August 16, 2014 at 7:39 am |
  12. Bigwilliestyles

    Three white people state they saw a black man commit murder; the only decision to be made is whether or not to pursue the death penalty.

    August 16, 2014 at 7:40 am |
  13. ckt54

    BTW, If the President and Holder , Jackson, Sharpton ,news media,ambulance chasing attorneys are so concerned about young black males being murdered why don't they go to Chicago and clean it up of all the black killing blacks. The President and Holder especially should be ashamed with the President calling that his home state. Why aren't all of you people who are calling for justice against this white cop aren't screaming about all the young black males killing each other everyday. Where's Sharpton, Jackson news media? We all know the answer to that there's no money in it you can't race bait or inflame . The President and Holder especially the President for not doing anything about it now or since he's been in office. should be ashamed. The facts havn't even came out yet in this case and the cop is already guility of murder. I sadly say if when and if there is a trial and or thorough investigation and the cop is found not guility there will be Sunny Hostin, Lamont Hill ,and the other race baiters claiming it wasn't a fair trial. Sad so sad.

    August 16, 2014 at 8:06 am |
  14. Holly Roper

    I live in Canada and I am amazed at how violent people are there, you have all these problems in your own country that need to be dealt with yet you still get involved in other countries problems. I think if you would just put down all the guns and try to talk to each other maybe there wouldn't be so many kids being killed on the streets. One thing I heard that I do agree with is it always seems to be young black men that end up dead I feel so bad for the family and I hope that they can find some peace in there lives after all this.

    August 16, 2014 at 9:30 am |
  15. vivian

    I AM SO ASHAMED EVEN SAY YOU ARE AN AMERICAN YOU ARE THE RACIST IN THIS WHOLE CRAP GOING ON HAVE YOU EVER TALKED ABOUT THE TWO VICTIMS WHEN FIVE BLACKS TORTURED AND MURDER CHRISTOPER NEWSON AND CHANNON CHRISTIAN DID THE MOST TERRIBLE HATE CRIME DONE TO SOMEONE BUT IF WE CHECK YOUR RECORD AND CNN NEWSROOM IDIOTS YOU NEVER GAVE IT ONE DAY NEWS BUT YOU GAVE A WEEK ON THE ON BROWN AND YOU CAN BET THE BLACK PANTHERS ARE THERE STIRING THE POT ALWAYS BLAME THE WHITE MEN BUT DON'T BLAME A BLACK MEN SHAME ON YOU AND THE CNN BIGOTS YOU BET IF THE WHITE MEN BULLY A STORE OWNER YOU WOULD CALL HIM A RACIST BUT SINCE HE'S BLACK IT'S OKAY HOW ABOUT WAITING TO FIND THE TRUTH FIRST BEFORE YOU CALL THE COP A RACIST AND A MURDER OH I KNOW YOU WON'T READ THIS BECAUSE YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH

    August 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm |
  16. Gregory Brown

    Interesting in CNN's coverage and the ongoing embrace of Captain Johnson is the failure to mention the arrest of an accredited and highly-respected veteran Canadian television reporter (CTVs Los Angeles Bureau Chief no less) for simply asking Captain Johnson a question about why he and his officers were ordering (under threat of arrest) all media to leave the public streets in advance of the police taking action to remove civilian demonstrators (apparently doing so absent any scrutiny and mediated transparency was the objective of the police?). The arrest took place literally right in front of the Captain, obviously with his approval, and he took no steps to intervene as the journalist was put to the pavement and handcuffed by the Captain's entourage. With all of the rhetoric and misinformation once can just watch the linked CTV story and reach their own determination....http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/ctv-s-tom-walters-among-journalists-arrested-in-ferguson-1.1968102. Perhaps the Captain can answer questions about his decision to remove (by force) scrutiny and transparency given his more cordial relationship with CNN....

    August 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm |

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