Clay: "I agree with the curfew in order to protect the public"

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by KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 16 at 11:53 PM

(KMOV.com) – United States Congressman William Lacy Clay, Jr. targeted St. Louis County prosecutors with strong words during a news conference on Saturday afternoon and said he agrees with Governor Nixon's decision to have the curfew.

"These people should be out here and their voices should be heard," Clay said. "I agree with the curfew in order to protect the public and the people who live in this area."

Clay also questioned why the police officer who shot and killed a teenager one week ago has not been charged in the case.

“Let me clear up some facts for you,” Clay told a restless crowd.

“On Monday I asked Attorney General Eric Holder to take over the entire the case and prosecution as a civil rights violation.”

“I think for some in this room your anger is misdirected,” said Clay. “On a state charge of murder the county prosecutor files the charges.”

As those in the crowd called for charges to be filed, Clay responded, “I agree with you but he hasn’t filed the charges and it’s very peculiar.”

Clay said, “I would rather that we get to all the facts let the process go forward and let the feds prosecute because you are not going to get a fair trial in St. Louis County with this scenario.”

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