The New York Daily News is reporting that comedian Cedric the Entertainer has spoken out about the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri surrounding the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. He stated, “Right now, it feels as though the young man had no weapon – he was shot six times – and the officer is being protected by other officers.” He went on to state, “Why can’t they get to the results or to the bottom line of this nine, 10 days later? If this was a regular citizen, and they knew exactly who it was, he would have been arrested immediately.”
For Cedric, the shooting and unrest hit close to home as he was born in Jefferson City and grew up in Caruthersville, which is not far from Ferguson. Cedric also stated to CNN that he feels that the fact that Officer Darren Wilson has not been arrested is part of what is fueling the unrest and anger of Ferguson residents, stating, “So it feels as though this is what the outcry is all about. It’s all about the justice of what the appearance is and where the person is right now and why hasn’t this person been charged or brought in for questioning.”
He also feels that the situation hit close to home because he has a son who is 13-years-old who may find himself in a similar situation of dealing with an overly aggressive white police officer. Cedric states, “Even if you comply, that person still has the right – or feels he has the right – to dictate his authority any way he pleases at any time.”
Cedric also urged residents to comply with Michael Brown’s family’s wishes for protests to be nonviolent and gave a shout-out to friend Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, who was appointed to run police response to protestors prior to the National Guard being called in.