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The Christian Recorder News Break – The AME Church Responds to Ferguson, Missouri Shooting Death of Michael Brown
 
 
Social Action Commission
African Methodist Episcopal Church
 
                                 
August 11, 2014. The Social Action Commission of the AME Church has been in communication with the AME Churches in the St. Louis area that are working collaboratively with the NAACP, United Methodist Church and other community stakeholders to obtain a fair and impartial review of the circumstances around the shooting and death of Michael "Mike" Brown.  "The quick response of the pastors and laity in our St. Louis area churches is evidence that we take seriously our legacy of speaking truth to power and being a champion for those whose voices are not being heard," says Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, Presiding Prelate of the 5th Episcopal District which includes the Ferguson, Missouri area. 
 
The AMEC Social Action Commission is also encouraged by the statement of US Attorney General Eric Holder (see his statement below):
 
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STATEMENT BY ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER ON RECENT SHOOTING INCIDENT IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI
 
WASHINGTON— Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement Monday regarding the shooting incident that took place Saturday afternoon in Ferguson, Missouri:
 
“The shooting incident in Ferguson, Missouri, this weekend deserves a fulsome review. In addition to the local investigation already underway, FBI agents from the St. Louis field office, working together with attorneys from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney's Office have opened a concurrent, federal inquiry. The federal investigation will supplement, rather than supplant, the inquiry by local authorities. At every step, we will work with the local investigators, who should be prepared to complete a thorough, fair investigation in their own right. I will continue to receive regular updates on this matter in the coming days. Aggressively pursuing investigations such as this is critical for preserving trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”
 
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Presiding Elders, the Rev. Brenda Hayes and the Rev. Edmund Lowe commit that, "We, the Missouri Annual Conference of the AME Church concur and agree with the FBI involvement in the investigation of this incident.  We will continue to be engaged and peacefully vigilant until justice is done."  The Rev. Spencer Booker, pastor of St Paul AME Church in St Louis issued a plea on behalf of the Brown family, “We encourage any witnesses or anyone with information to refuse to be intimidated by coming forward to shed light of this tragic incident."
 
"As designated by the AME Church, the Social Action Commission stands ready to undergird our AME Churches in the St Louis and vicinity area as they advocate for justice," concludes Bishop Reginald T Jackson, Commission chair.  
 
 
*Submitted by Ms. Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Director of the AMEC Social Action Commission
 
 
 
 
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