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GOP Strategist: No 'Free Pass' for Rioters Who Burned Down Ferguson

By    |   Thursday, 04 Dec 2014 11:50 AM

Republican strategist Ron Christie says that it's time for the Ferguson rioters to be held responsible and pay for the damage they've caused to the St. Louis area city, saying they shouldn't "get a free pass."

While those behind the riots, which broke out following the decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for shooting black teenager Michael Brown, cite the lack of justice on behalf of Brown, Christie asks "what of the justice for those in Ferguson whose lives have been destroyed by the felonious activities of those who rioted, pillaged, and brought shame upon themselves for their wickedness?"

"More than 25 structures in Ferguson were burned, damaged, or destroyed in the wake of senseless mayhem following the grand jury verdict," Christie wrote in an an opinion piece for The Daily Beast.

"Who will pay for the damage sustained by Sam Chow, an immigrant to United States 11 years ago who opened a restaurant in Ferguson in 2009 that sustained major damage in the riots?" the former aide to former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney asked.

"Same with Natalie DuBose, a small business entrepreneur who opened Natalie’s Cakes and More in Ferguson after saving money following bake sales to start her own business. After the riots, her business was completely destroyed," he said.

Christie also asks where the outrage is from Rev. Al Sharpton over the death of Zemir Begic, "the young immigrant who fled violence in Bosnia was driving home with his fiancée 20 miles away from Ferguson when a pack of black teens beat him to death with hammers early Sunday evening."

"Moral clarity would dictate that civil rights and other civic leaders would speak out against such a senseless act of violence," he contends. "The silence is deafening."

He argues that a "pointed question must be asked in the aftermath of Ferguson: why do predominately African-American mobs get a free pass to riot and steal in response to a political outcome they disagree with?"

Christie contends that "justice should not be selective to fit a political narrative when the facts and evidence prove otherwise. Those advocating justice should first obey the rule of law themselves."

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Republican strategist Ron Christie says that it's time for the Ferguson rioters to be held responsible and pay for the damage they've caused to the St. Louis area city, saying they shouldn't "get a free pass."
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