(CNSNews.com) - The shooting of an 18-year-old black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., has prompted "rushes to judgment on both sides of the equation," Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday.
"The rush to judgment by some in the African-American community is, in fact, understandable, because there is 'driving while black' in our country," she said. "There are racial disparities in terms of how people are treated."
McCaskill said the police department in Ferguson is 95 percent white while the community is 70 percent black. "That's a problem," she said.
"We have racial profiling that still occurs all across this country, day in and day out," McCaskill said. "I think we need to be leading, all of us, with how we come together and realize that we can do a better job in our criminal justice system, of making sure there is equal justice for all."