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Mayor’s Statement on Ferguson ruling
SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 25, 2014)— “First and foremost, as Mayor I want to express my complete confidence that San Antonians will continue to treat each other with respect and to engage in discussion rather than acts of destruction. This is how we have always handled momentous events in our city—we mourn together, we celebrate together, we strive together.
As a mother, I extend my deepest condolences for the renewed grief this decision must bring to Michael Brown's family and to the African-American community in Ferguson and across the country. I am not familiar with all the details the grand jury considered in the death of Michael Brown, but I do know that it is disheartening and frightening that similar incidents continue to occur, sending a strong message that our sons should be feared and that their lives are without worth. Feeling that the death of young black men is somehow inevitable and acceptable in the eyes of the law is a sure breeding ground for the hopelessness and rage we saw in Ferguson last night.
Community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, we have to take action on education, mental health, criminal justice and other reforms grounded in the worth and dignity of all our brothers and sisters. In San Antonio, I have embraced My Brother's Keeper, President Obama's challenge to improve outcomes for young men at risk, in the hopes of preventing another tragedy like the one that has unfolded in Ferguson. As a city enjoying economic success and rapid growth, San Antonio has both an opportunity and an obligation to ensure that the benefits of prosperity are accessible throughout the community and to all socioeconomic groups.”
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