Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is among the potential contenders for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination who Politico.com sought out comments from on the events in Ferguson, Missouri, following the announcement that a grand jury opted not to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown.
“A young man is dead — this situation is truly a tragedy and our hearts go out to his family,” Jindal said in a statement to Politico. “Some have used this as an excuse for lawlessness, arson and destroying property, but that is not the answer. The community must come together in the aftermath of this situation, not divide itself by acts of violence. I do not care what pigmentation anyone’s skin is. Justice is color blind, God is color blind, and I believe we all should be color blind.”
The Politico piece notes that Hillary Clinton, the apparent Democratic frontrunner for 2016 at this time, has been silent on the ongoing protests spawned from growing racial tension over Brown’s death (and similar cases) and the grand jury’s decision announced Monday.
As Politico writes: “The only likely 2016er to opine at length on Ferguson is Rand Paul, a Republican who has made criminal justice reform and minority outreach part of his brand. He told POLITICO on Tuesday that the crisis in the Missouri town highlights the need to reform the justice system, a topic he expanded on at length in a an opinion piece for Time later that day.”