Monday, April 22, 2024
American University
A project of the Rev. James B. Simpson Fellowship at American University’s School of Communication

The decision…to announce the [Ferguson] decision at 8:30 p.m. CT was foolish and dangerous. Here’s the thing about that time of night: it’s dark. Anyone – anyone! – should have known the decision in the Brown case would have been controversial. A decision not to indict, which was always possible, even likely, would have been sure to attract protests, even violence. Crowd control is always more difficult in the dark.

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The decision…to announce the [Ferguson] decision at 8:30 p.m. CT was foolish and dangerous. Here's the thing about that time of night: it's dark. Anyone – anyone! - should have known the decision in the Brown case would have been controversial. A decision not to indict, which was always possible, even likely, would have been sure to attract protests, even violence. Crowd control is always more difficult in the dark.
— Jeffrey Toobin