Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal joined Roland Martin Tuesday on “NewsOne Now” to discuss the fallout after the Ferguson grand jury decision was read. As a result of last night’s rioting and unrest, Chappelle-Nadal said her offices were burned down.
Sen. Chappelle-Nadal has been teaching civic engagement classes twice a week since a month after the Michael Brown shooting so that her constituents “can be empowered and know what it takes to make change in their communities.”
“What happened last night was completely opposite from what we expected. There are so many different organizations that are on the ground that are doing very good things and we’ve worked very hard to move the temperament from anger to positive action,” said Chappelle-Nadal.
“… last night there were a few people who decided not to use that positive energy that we had been trying to display for the last 108 days and while others were protesting the majority of people were protesting in peace.”
She added, “There were some characters who were still in the crowd who completely denigrated our community and that is unacceptable and we’re not going to tolerate it.”
To hear what else State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal had to say about the Ferguson grand jury decision and subsequent protests, check out the video clip above.
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