Missouri state Senator asks the Ferguson cops if they’re going to gas her again. She just wants to know, like.
Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal confronted Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson during a press conference Wednesday, asking why she was tear-gassed during a nonviolent protest.
Chappelle-Nadal, a Democrat, said she had been tear-gassed while peacefully protesting the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American teenager shot to death by a police officer on Saturday.
“I just wanted to know if I was going to be gassed again, like I was on Monday night,” Chappelle-Nadal asked. “We couldn’t get out, and we were peacefully sitting. I Just wanted to know if I’m going to be gassed again?”
Jackson said he hoped not. I suppose the implication was that he hoped she wouldn’t…erm…ask for it.
Chappelle-Nadal offered The Huffington Post further details following Jackson’s press conference.
“We were in that neighborhood and we were tear-gassed,” she said. “I could not breathe, I could not speak, I could not focus, I could not think because I thought that I were going to die because we were shot at and tear gas was constantly thrown at us and the police officers.”
She continued: “I’m the senator for the area, and I felt threatened. Everyone felt threatened.”
Chapelle-Nadal said Jackson’s response was “bullshit.”
“He blew me off,” she said. “It was bullshit, and the thing is … I don’t tell people when I’m out with these kids, ‘Hey, I’m your senator.’ But I don’t care about that, I care about these kids.”
Careful – that borders on asking for it.