The riots in Ferguson show America’s instability, the Russian Foreign Ministry's human rights diplomat said Tuesday in an exclusive interview with the Associated Press. Violent protests erupted in the St. Louis suburb after Officer Darren Wilson escaped grand jury indictment Monday for fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown in August.
Konstantin Dolgov, Russia’s human rights envoy, said the United States has no right to criticize the human rights practices of other countries when racial discrimination is a part of American life. "We may only hope that U.S. authorities seriously deal with those issues and other serious challenges in the human rights field in their own country and stop what they have been doing all along recently -- playing an aggressive mentor lecturing other countries about how to meet human rights standards,” Dolgov told the AP. "Racial discrimination, racial and ethnic tensions are major challenges to the American democracy, to stability and integrity of the American society.”
More than 60 were arrested in Ferguson after the grand jury decision was announced, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Tuesday. Local businesses were looted and cars were set on fire. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said 2,200 more National Guard troops would be sent to the embattled St. Louis suburb following Monday night's violence, Reuters reported.
"We must do better and we will," Nixon told a press conference. After 700 troops apparently were not enough. "Lives and property must be protected. This community deserves to have peace," he said.
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III lamented the National Guard was not sent out soon enough. "The decision not to deploy the National Guard was deeply disturbing,” he told a press conference, according to NBC News. Knowles insinuated businesses might have been saved if proper reinforcement was in place.
Those who destroyed Ferguson businesses while rioting will not get any compassion from President Barack Obama. During an appearance in Chicago to tout his actions on immigration reform, the president said: "And to those who think that what happened in Ferguson is an excuse for violence, I do not have any sympathy for that. I have no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities."
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