Assemblymember-Elect Rodneyse Bichotte Statement on Ferguson Grand Jury's Decision on Michael Brown's Death


Assemblymember-elect Rodneyse Bichotte released the following statement in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal killing of Michael Brown:

"Yesterday, the grand jury in Ferguson returned its decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the August shooting of Michael Brown. My heart goes out to Michael Brown's family. It goes out to Ferguson. And my thoughts and prayers are with the men and women who are left feeling broken and unsatisfied with yesterday's decision.

I am moved to protest this lack of justice, just as many in our community. A tragedy took place in Ferguson last summer; A family was robbed of their teenage son; A community faced off against an institution sworn to protect it. And as President Obama acknowledged, we as a nation have been forced to confront the continuing story of tension between law enforcement and communities of color, while the focus to make our streets safer has become secondary.

In spirit with President Obama,  we can and should express outrage, but in a constructive, peaceful and lawful way while exercising every right and privilege we have as Americans. However, all is not lost as Federal investigation will further the opportunity for a fair and just outcome, especially for the Brown's family.


As the incoming Assemblywoman of the State of New York, I will continue to facilitate the dialogue between our community and the NYPD, taking every effort to help heal wounds that prevent our ability to work hand-in-hand with each other. Additionally, I will construct policies and sponsor legislation that will diminish these tensions but provide safe streets from all threats. We owe this not only to ourselves and neighborhoods, but most importantly, to our children."  



Assemblymember - Elect Rodneyse Bichotte represents the 42nd Assembly District in the New York State Assembly representing Brooklyn communities of Ditmas Park, Flatbush, East Flatbush and Midwood. 


As the current Assemblymember- Elect and District Leader, Rodneyse Bichotte has been outspoken advocate on issues concerning immigration, unemployment, education reform, health care access, senior citizen centers, affordable housing, women's and LGBTQ rights, as well as other issues affecting the quality of life in the community.


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