|William Lacy Clay, Jr.|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri’s 1st district
January 3, 2001
|Preceded by||William L. Clay, Sr.|
|Member of the Missouri Senate
from the 4th district
September 1991 â€“ January 2001
|Preceded by||John Bass|
|Succeeded by||Pat Dougherty|
|Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 59th district
November 1983 â€“ September 1991
|Succeeded by||Frank Williamson, Sr.|
|Born||(1956-07-27) July 27, 1956
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Ivie Lewellen Clay (divorced)|
|Residence||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Alma mater||University of Maryland, College Park|
It is apparent, if you go back through our history, that the grand juries of the criminal justice system do not value black lives.
I have absolutely no confidence in the Ferguson police, the county prosecutor.
I went to Ferguson and walked with the demonstrators and saw this heavily armed police force, tactical units pointing sniper rifles at my constituents who were there exercising their constitutional rights.
We have to have a national conversation about how police forces should interact with the African-American community, who happens to be paying their salary, who want to be served and protected, who these officers are take an oath to do so.
Rent-to-own provides a vital service to millions of Americans. It is also critical for African-Americans, Latinos and other minorities to have access to alternative products and services, such as rent-to-own.
Michael Brown happened to be black. Trayvon Martin happened to be black. Eric Garner was a black man. So this pattern continues over and over.
A militarized police force facing down innocent protesters with sniper rifles and machine guns is totally unacceptable in America.
It’s an issue that we need to have a national discussion about, the militarization of local police forces, and then when they are used to quell peaceful demonstration. Then we have a problem, and especially around this entire case of the murder of Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson police officer.
I made a promise to Michael Brown’s parents that I would do everything to bring all of the resources of the federal government to this investigation so that it is transparent; so that it is a viable investigation, and we get to the truth.
It is critical that low-income consumers have access to alternative products and services such as rent-to-own. It gives working-class families opportunities to obtain decent household items without incurring the burden of debt.
I made a commitment and a promise to Ms. McSpadden, Michael Brown’s mother, that I will pursue justice with the family at every avenue, be it on the federal level or at the state level.