In an interview with MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow, Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder was responding to a question from Farrow about whether race is playing a role in Ferguson. Kinder acknowledged that it is—but added additional comments:
“We do not do justice in America in the streets, though. We have legal processes that are set in motion, that are designed after centuries of Anglo-American jurisprudence tradition. They’re designed to protect the rights and liberties of everyone involved. That includes the Brown family, for justice for them and for the community. It also includes the officer who has not yet been charged.”
The thing is, people taking to the streets is so fundamental to the United States’s sense of justice that it’s protected by the First Amendment. And Kinder’s comments about justice being an Anglo-American tradition probably couldn’t come at a worse time—and indicate yet another Missouri politician who’s out of touch.
But let’s not forget that Kinder, who’s a Republican, got a lot of pushback for denouncing a racist rodeo act featuring a clown wearing an Obama mask:
The @MoStateFair celebrates Missouri and our people. I condemn the actions disrespectful to POTUS the other night. We are better than this.— Peter Kinder (@PeterKinder) August 11, 2013