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Harvard Law Professor: Ferguson Shooting ‘Just Like’ King Assassination, ‘Even Worse’ Than Emmett Till

Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree grouped the shooting of Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., earlier this month, with two of the most monumental deaths American civil-rights history on MSNBC.

Ogletree, a renowned legal scholar who taught President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama during their time in Cambridge, described the state of affairs following Brown’s funeral as being “just like the assassination of” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968.

“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,” Ogletree said. “This is even worse because Michael Brown did not break in any law at all, in terms of the police officer.”

He later stated that Brown may have stole some cigars, which amounted to just a misdemeanor.

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