Rupert Murdoch: More Fergusons Ahead If America Doesn't Change

Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 07:54 PM

By Greg Richter

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Media magnate Rupert Murdoch warns that America will face more situations like the protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri, unless moves are made to increase employment and improve educational opportunities.

Murdoch addressed Ferguson in two tweets on Sunday. The first addressed jobs and education.

A later tweet from the News Corporation chief questioned whether Congress will tackle the issue of militarized police forces.

Protests have been underway since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer on August 9. The unarmed black teenager was shot by a white officer, Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the Ferguson Police Department.

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An investigation into the shooting is being conducted by the St. Louis County Police Department.

The demographics of Ferguson have changed in recent years, and it has gone form majority white to 70 percent black, although only three of the force's 53 police officers are black.

The major criticism of the department during ensuing peaceful protests and some rioting has been how the department quickly deployed what looked more like a war-zone occupation than traditional police presence.

Gov. Jay Nixon sought to reverse that by appointing State Trooper Capt. Ron Johnson to head the operation. Johnson lives in Ferguson and used a lighter approach. Still, several arrested overnight during a five-hour curfew.

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