- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Harvard Law professor who mentored President Obama and the first lady during their time in Cambridge has compared the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown to the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Speaking with MSNBC’s Alex Wagner, Charles Ogletree also compared the police shooting of 18-year-old Brown to the 1955 killing of Emmett Till.

“Looking at what’s happened, this is just like the assassination of Dr. King in 1968, when everybody was very upset trying to figure out what was going to happen,” he said. “It’s like the killing of Trayvon Martin two years ago.

“This is the example of a young man who did no wrong in the context of what people are talking about,” Mr. Ogletree said of Brown. “This reminds us of exactly what happened years ago when I was a young kid to the great man Emmett Till, the young kid who was killed in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman. This is even worse because Michael Brown did not break any law at all, in terms of the police officer.”

He admitted that Brown may have stolen cigars, but that would only amount to a misdemeanor fine.

“He was shot and killed despite his efforts to try to explain to the officer, ‘Don’t shoot, don’t shoot.’ It didn’t help,” Mr. Ogletree said.

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