LOS ANGELES – A prominent black Christian leader states that he believes justice was served by the grand jury in Ferguson yesterday, asserting that teenager Michael Brown had “not been raised properly” and was headed down a dangerous life of crime, and is warning that if parents do not train their children in the ways of the Lord, more incidents like Ferguson will occur in cities across America.
Jesse Lee Peterson, a California pastor, president of the youth organization BOND (the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny), and leader of the BOND leadership academy for youth issued a statement Monday night applauding the jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
“The decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson proves that our justice system works,” he stated. “The outcome shows that justice prevailed despite a concerted effort by rabble rousers, corrupt civil rights ‘leaders,’ Attorney General Eric Holder, and even President Barack Obama, who attempted to tip the scales of justice and convict the officer without due process.”
“Emboldened by irresponsible public statements made by race baiters like Al Sharpton, and Eric Holder, the professional community organizers have been planning to create havoc in Ferguson for months. Some are looking for an excuse to loot and riot,” Peterson continued, his statement issued just as protesters turned violent Monday night, burning down businesses and police cars, and smashing storefronts while stealing goods and liquor.
Peterson told Christian News Network that he believes at the heart of the issue, the responsibility lies with parents to train their children to live uprightly.
“I have said from day one when we saw the video of Michael Brown robbing the convenient store that this is not some innocent little kid tiptoe-ing through the tulips,” he said. “He was not raised properly, and my concern is that if these families don’t get married and by example raise their children in the right way to go, that we’re going to be seeing more of this.”
Written by Heather Clark
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