Jeff Pegues — the 1988 Staples grad who is now a celebrated CBS News justice and homeland security correspondent — scored a big interview with Delrish Moss, the new police chief in embattled Ferguson, Missouri.
Last night on the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” Pegues asked Moss about his experiences as a black teenager in Miami, in the 1980s.
A white police officer used the n-word, telling Moss not to walk downtown after dark. Another encounter — being pushed against a car, and frisked — followed soon after.
Why, Pegues asked, would that draw Moss to law enforcement, rather than push him away?
Pegues got the money quote.
“My grandmother has a saying: ‘You can’t clean a house if you’re not in it,'” Moss replied.
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