Paul Ryan On Ferguson: ‘Let Law Enforcement Do Their Job’

AP

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said people shouldn’t “prejudge” what happened in Ferguson, Mo. or attach a “personal political agenda” amid fallout from the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer.

“First, my sympathies and my prayers go out to the Brown family and the community. That’s what we should be thinking about right now. And, we should take a deep breath, sit back and let law enforcement do their job. Let the investigation take place so that the facts can be taken as the facts and let justice be done appropriately,” the House budget chief told Siriux XM radio host David Webb in an interview that’s set to air on Wednesday night.

“I think it’s wrong to prejudge the outcome of these things or to try and attach our own personal political agenda to this tragedy. It would be disrespectful to this tragedy and the community and to the family so I think as a public and as leaders let’s let law enforcement do their job. Let’s be respectful of the victims of this and, let’s not prejudge the outcome of these things,” he said.

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