Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka  on the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

November 24, 2014

The reactions to today’s grand jury decision in the case of the shooting of unarmed teenager Mike Brown reflect a deeper feeling that our justice system is biased against communities of color.  While we can all agree that justice must take its course, we cannot deny or marginalize the perception that the system, itself, is not yet color blind.  As a labor movement, we have begun working with local community organizations to address issues of racial and economic inequality that surround Ferguson and so many other neighborhoods like it.  We will continue that work.  We are dedicated to supporting organizing efforts that reinforce unity, healing, and fairness in policing.

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