The state senator who tweeted "fuck you" to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) last week defended her harsh choice of words, saying that "anyone who's going to get tear-gassed deserves to say a few f-bombs here and there."
State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a Democrat who represents parts of Ferguson, Missouri, was tear-gassed by police last week while peacefully protesting the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American teenager shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer.
In a Monday interview with Fox News, Chappelle-Nadal said the persistent use of tear gas prompted her to send multiple tweets the governor's way.
"The reason why I used profane language is because he has allowed us to get tear-gassed for three days," she said. "I am one of his senators in his party, and he was at the state fair enjoying a country concert while we were getting teargassed and shot at. And yes, anyone who's going to get tear-gassed deserves to say a few f-bombs here and there."
Nixon, amid criticism over his lack of response to the growing protests, canceled a scheduled appearance at the Missouri State Fair last week.
Although the tweets came before Nixon's visit to Ferguson last Thursday, Chappelle-Nadal said Monday that he had still not done enough to reach out to Ferguson's black community.
"He has still yet to come to ground zero," she told Fox. "He has not spoken to the people who are the victims of this crisis that we're dealing with now, and that is why I have called him a coward."
08/26/2014 7:49 AM EDT
The Toll On Michael Brown's Family
USA Today's Yamiche Alcindor provides an intimate look at how Michael Brown's parents have been dealing with the loss of their son:
Phones constantly ring with reporters asking for interviews or family members offering support. Last week, as demands reached a tipping point, both parents moved into hotels to shield themselves.
In the days leading up to the funeral, Brown's mother continued to cry and spoke in whispers as she tried to explain her feelings.
"They say tomorrow is going to be the hardest day, but I think today was — just seeing my baby laying there, cold," Lesley McSpadden, 34, told USA TODAY. "It did something to my heart. It's too much. It's too much."
08/26/2014 7:44 AM EDT
New Audio Allegedly Captures Moment Michael Brown Was Shot
New audio has surfaced that allegedly captures the moment when Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9.
CNN aired the unverified recording on Monday night. Six shots can be heard, followed by a pause, then several more. A private autopsy performed on Aug. 17 at the request of Brown's family found that the 18-year-old was shot 6 times, including twice in the head.
08/25/2014 12:58 PM EDT
Al Sharpton: America, It's Time To Deal With Policing
08/25/2014 12:53 PM EDT
Al Sharpton: All Of Us Are Required To Respond
Rev. Al Sharpton: All of us are required to respond to this #MikeBrownfuneral— HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) August 25, 2014
08/25/2014 12:48 PM EDT
Benjamin Crump: We Will Not Accept Three-Fifths Justice For Michael Brown
08/25/2014 12:28 PM EDT
Funeral Program Includes Tribute From Michael Brown's Parents
USA Today reporter, Yamiche Alcindor shares photo of program which includes tributes to Michael Brown from his mother and father
08/25/2014 12:22 PM EDT
Michael Brown's Stepmother: He Prophesied His Own Death
Stepmother of #MichaelBrown said the late teen "pretty much prophesied his own death and didn't realize it."— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 25, 2014