ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | The shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri is a subject most politicians would rather avoid. Assemblymember Rob Bonta thought differently. The largest part of his district is Oakland, a city well accustomed to protests whether they be self-contained to the Bay Area or in other parts of the country.
A grand jury in Missouri will decide Monday evening whether the police officer involved in the controversial shooting will be indicted. Protests are likely in Oakland, as well as Ferguson, tonight, but Bonta, in a tweet this morning, called for justice, along with a quote from Mahatma Ghandi.
Bonta’s sentiment today is not new. In fact, when word spread the grand jury in Ferguson was ready to announce its decision last Friday, Bonta posted an identical tweet.
He also has not been shy to speak out during other protests. In July 2013, after a jury in Florida acquitted George Zimmerman, the killer of Trayvon Martin, Bonta urged protesters to focus peacefully on the injustice of the decision.