Ferguson Native Michael McDonald Speaks Out on Mike Brown Shooting, Whites vs. Blacks Being Killed

The events in Ferguson, Mo., have called a great number of people to voice their opinions on the state of not just the St. Louis suburb but also America as a whole.

And now, for more of a local perspective, Michael McDonald has shared a statement through his attorney on the shooting of Mike Brown and its shockwaves. The former Doobie Brother grew up in Ferguson.

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“I pray this tragic event and the still greater issue that it heralds will be faced and dealt with in an honest and responsible manner by the residents of Ferguson and the people in its leadership positions,” McDonald wrote. “That whatever appropriate federal agency is needed to investigate this tragic incident properly, will be deployed post haste to address the questions and frustrations of this community as satisfactorily as is possible, and although nothing can restore this young mans [sic] life, I pray that Ferguson can hold together as a community who’s [sic] common interest is justice.”

McDonald also added his take on Brown’s shooting and hypothesized that, had Brown been white, we might not be talking about Ferguson today.

“What I think needs to be honestly examined by the larger national community, is the difference between what constitutes a valid reason for use of deadly force when a young white male is the suspected perpetrator of a crime and what those standards seem to be when the suspect is African American,” he wrote. “Seems to me, we don’t hear of many incidents of young unarmed white males being gunned down for running away from police, or even for resisting arrest.”

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