Congressman Scott speaks out about Ferguson violence

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Congressman Bobby Scott has joined two other representatives in questioning how police are handling the unrest outside St. Louis.

There have been nightly protests and violence in Ferguson, Missouri since Saturday. That’s when police officers shot and killed 18-year-old Micheal Brown, who was unarmed. However, local police say Brown assaulted an officer and tried to get his gun before he was shot.

As of Thursday night, state police have taken over paroling the streets of Ferguson. And CNN is reporting police plan to release the name of the officer who shot Brown.

The violence in Ferguson has local Congressman Scott, the representative for the 3rd district, looking into how some police officers exercise their authority.

“Some of the police practices may be questioned, what happened in Ferguson, what happened in other areas around the county … the choke hold and other police shootings,” Scott told Thursday evening. “We need to make sure our police are policing and protecting people, and not unnecessarily killing them.”

Scott and two other congressmen sent a letter asking the Congressional Judiciary Committee to open hearings and an investigation about Brown’s death. He says it’s also about the militarization of police, and a recent amendment would have kept law enforcement agencies from using federal funding to buy certain weapons.

“That limiting amendment did not pass,” Scott said. “So, if you look at some of the weapons used in Ferguson, you would think it was a military zone.”

Scott held a town hall meeting Thursday night in Portsmouth to talk with the community about legislative issues pending before Congress.

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