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Kansas City congressman visits Ferguson

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FERGUSON, MO (KCTV) -

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat representing Missouri's 5th congressional district, visited Ferguson, MO, Friday at the request of fellow ministers and had strong words for those in charge there.

Cleaver tweeted his way through his visit, and he's not holding back.

"There isn't enough trust in the police in this community to fill a teacup. We need a thorough, fair investigation from DOJ, FBI #Ferguson," he tweeted.

"When you make peaceful protest impossible, you will make rowdy protests predictable. That's what we were having in #Ferguson," he also tweeted.

Cleaver has stood strong on the topic all along, whether on social media or on national television.

"Some of the officers there, I think, seem to have the idea that the Constitution is not a document that we have to embrace. I mean, you don't arrest reporters. You don't take their equipment in the United States. That's what they do, you know, in Syria. And so, I think, they somehow need to be retrained and desegregated," he said Thursday in an interview with CNN.

On the topic of Michael Brown - the black teen whose shooting death by a police officer sparked the riots and peaceful protests - Cleaver said we need to do more for his family and the community of Ferguson.

Friday night Cleaver spoke at a community meeting held at a Methodist church. He toured areas like the QuikTrip that was looted and burned by angry crowds and stopped to visit with police officers.

Cleaver said, more than anything, he's there to call for change, pray for peace and listen to those who are grieving.

Cleaver was back in Kansas City on Saturday morning to celebrate streetscape improvements along Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard. Back here he spoke about the violence that erupted Friday night into Saturday morning as looters struck again. He said the rioters need to face the full force of the law.

"The violence and looting is the act of dumb people who are not contributing at all to the rebuilding of the community," he said Saturday.

Cleaver wanted to remind people that the looters were in the minority and that many protestors tried to calm tensions and block entrances to stores to keep the looters from entering.

"Many citizens of Ferguson last night stood around buildings that had been targeted by some of the hoodlums and said, ‘Do not do this,'" Cleaver said.

He said that all the rioting may not have happened if Ferguson police had acted differently.

"There would not have been all of the upheaval had the police chief come out immediately and said, ‘We've had a tragic shooting. I'm going over to meet up with the parents. We're launching an investigation, and we will make sure that the people in the community keep up with what has happened,'" Cleaver said.

He also said the police should have released the officer's identity immediately and believes a change in police policy could help avoid this issue in the future.

"What we have is a police force that comes in from other communities to police the people," Cleaver said. "If the community is good enough to earn your living from, it's good enough for you to live in."

Cleaver said he plans on meeting with United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to discuss the ongoing situation in Ferguson.

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