Police Chief of Ferguson, Missouri, Apologizes to Michael Brown’s Parents (VIDEO)

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By Elaine Magliaro

Thomas Jackson, the police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, apologized to the parents of Michael Brown in a video message earlier today. Jackson extended his apology to peaceful protesters who may think that he didn’t do “enough to protect their constitutional right to protest.” During the course of his video statement, Jackson told Brown’s parents, “I’m truly sorry for the loss of your son. I’m also sorry that it took so long to remove Michael from the street.” He explained that police investigators “were doing ‘important work’ trying to uncover the truth and collect evidence during those four hours.” He acknowledged that it took too long and that he was truly sorry for that. Jackson added, “Please know that the investigating officers meant no disrespect to the Brown family, to the African-American community or the people (in the neighborhood where Brown was shot). They were simply trying to do their jobs.”

Many people have criticized Jackson for the way his police department handled the shooting death of the unarmed black teenager by a white police officer—as well as the department’s response to the protests that followed the shooting. Many have also questioned “his decision to release a video that allegedly showed Brown robbing a convenience store.”

Jackson:

“Overnight I went from being a small-town police chief to being part of a conversation about racism, equality and the role of policing in that conversation. As chief of police, I want to be part of that conversation. I also want to be part of the solution.”

Jackson acknowledged that Ferguson and the surrounding areas have “much work to do.” He added, “For any mistakes I’ve made, I take full responsibility. It’s an honor to serve the city of Ferguson and the people who live there. I look forward to working with you in the future to solve our problems, and once again, I deeply apologize to the Brown family.”

Ferguson Police Chief Apologizes to Brown Family

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Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson Apologizes To Michael Brown’s Parents (Huffington Post)

Ferguson police chief apologizes to Michael Brown’s parents (CNN)

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18 Responses to Police Chief of Ferguson, Missouri, Apologizes to Michael Brown’s Parents (VIDEO)

  1. Bob Kauten says:

    I suppose an incredibly late apology is better than none. Perhaps seeing that justice is done, could be a belated expiation of the sin of the late apology?
    There’s a lot of sin here, but it’d be a start.

  2. Mike Spindell says:

    Too little. Too late. Too hypocritical. Scant comfort to the parents of a murdered son, or to the people so cavalierly called a “mob”.

  3. Slartibartfast says:

    I’m with President Reagan on this: Trust but verify.

    I’m perfectly willing to take Chief Jackson at his word, but if his future actions fail to live up to his words then they can and should be held against him.

  4. bettykath says:

    With the voter registration and similar activism happening the Black community, I think he’s looking to keep his job. but maybe the police chief isn’t an elected position? but there could be a new council ….. guess I’m just cynical.

  5. Elaine M. says:

    Here’s something that I just found:

    The Man Contracted To Handle Ferguson’s PR Is A Convicted Killer
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/devin-james-dumped-ferguson-pr-contract-homicide-conviction

    Excerpt:
    His firm, the Devin James Group, had originally been hired by the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership for marketing work in north St. Louis County. The partnership agency then lent the firm’s services to Ferguson after the city was criticized for hiring a PR firm that appeared to only employ white staffers.

    A video released Thursday of Ferguson police Chief Thomas Jackson apologizing to the family of Michael Brown was also attributed to the Devin James Group.

  6. Oky1 says:

    Elaine,

    I glad you caught that & posted it.

    Yet more evidence of the Mass insanity of this society.

    Ok now, they’ve fired the convict murder brought in to manage the City’s PR over a possible murder.

    Why wasn’t the people involved with hiring the convicted murder also Fired at the same time.

    At some point this country had better start Mass Firings of all this Failed/Corrupt/Insane Leadership!

    And hell, the people aren’t any better, infowars reporter ret. Sgt Joe Biggs put up a report last week show some citizens are threat violence & burning down biz in Ferguson if they don’t like the outcome.

    What the hell, burn down your own house because you pissed at someone else? That’s insane.

    Well the ignorant bastards had better pull up a wiki page on the economic history down the river at Cairo Illinois.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairo,_Illinois

    violence & burning down biz in Ferguson if they don’t like the outcome.

    What the hell, burn down your own house because you pissed at someone else? That’s insane.

    Well the ignorant bastards had better pull up a wiki page on the economic history down the river at Cairo Illinois.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairo,_Illinois

  7. Elaine M. says:

    “I Am Darren Wilson” Bracelets Are Missouri Cops’ New Fashion Statement
    9/24/2014
    http://gawker.com/missouri-cops-are-wearing-i-am-darren-wilson-bracelet-1638760727

    Excerpt:
    Yesterday, after reports that a mysterious fire had been set to a Michael Brown memorial, a photo allegedly depicting a Ferguson, Mo., police officer wearing an “I am Darren Wilson” bracelet, in support of the officer who shot and killed Brown, began to circulate on social media.

    The photo was first published on the Instagram account MediaBlackOutUSA. In a press conference today, Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson confirmed the bracelets’ existence and argued that they were a personal statement for the officers wearing them, BuzzFeed reports. “I think that was not a statement of law enforcement. I think wearing that was an individual statement,” he reportedly said.

    *****

    DOJ Gets Ferguson, St. Louis County Cops To Ban ‘I Am Darren Wilson’ Wristbands
    9/26/14
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/26/ferguson-darren-wilson-wristbands-doj_n_5890436.html

    Excerpt:
    WASHINGTON — Ferguson police officers who are on duty should not be wearing wristbands showing support for the cop who shot and killed an unarmed teenager last month, the Justice Department on Friday told police in St. Louis County. DOJ officials also said they personally had observed Ferguson police officers not wearing name plates, in direct conflict with Ferguson Police Department policy.

    A photo posted on social media during demonstrations in Ferguson on Tuesday night appears to show an officer working crowd control wearing a wristband that reads “I am Darren Wilson.” That slogan is affiliated with a campaign in support of the Ferguson police officer who killed Michael Brown on Aug. 9, and whom protestors want to see arrested.

  8. Bob Kauten says:

    Elaine,
    At least they’re identifying themselves as killer cops. That’s a very small step for mankind.

  9. blouise says:

    “I am Darren Wilson” wristbands = “Gang Colors”?

    I’m beginning to wonder if the Ferguson Police Department is so used to running amuck that they simply can’t help themselves. Or perhaps they are hoping to incite the citizenry to the point that they, the cops, can get all dressed up again, climb aboard their military-style armored vehicles and kill a few more black boys. Or, they could just be about the stupidest bunch of white guys ever brought together under one roof.

    Whatever the motivation, the State of Missouri and the DOJ has a huge problem. A problem with which the citizens of Ferguson are all too familiar.

  10. Bob Kauten says:

    blouise,
    I vote for “all of the above.”
    If we produced a play with a storyline like this, I doubt the audience would suspend disbelief.

  11. Elaine M. says:

    Police Behavior in Ferguson Draws Attention of Justice Department
    By JULIE BOSMAN
    SEPT. 26, 2014
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/27/us/ferguson-missouri.html?_r=0

    Excerpt:
    The Justice Department on Friday pressured the Ferguson Police Department to stop its officers from wearing bracelets stamped with the message “I am Darren Wilson,” in solidarity with the police officer who is being investigated for shooting an unarmed black 18-year-old, and from covering up their name plates with tape.

    The bracelets, dark blue with white lettering, were photographed on the wrists of several Ferguson police officers who were interacting with demonstrators this week as protests flared up once again in this small city in the suburbs of St. Louis. A grand jury is looking into the shooting of the teenager, Michael Brown, on Aug. 9, and the police department is under investigation by the Justice Department for possible civil rights violations.

    In a stern letter to Chief Thomas Jackson, Christy E. Lopez, deputy chief of the special litigation section of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, said that the bracelets “upset and agitated people.”

    “There is no question that police departments can and should closely regulate officers’ professional appearance and behavior, particularly where, as here, the expressive accessory itself is exacerbating an already tense atmosphere between law enforcement and residents in Ferguson,” Ms. Lopez wrote. “These bracelets reinforce the very ‘us versus them’ mentality that many residents of Ferguson believe exists.”

    Ms. Lopez noted that Chief Jackson had agreed to prohibit officers from wearing the “I am Darren Wilson” bracelets while in uniform and on duty. Nonetheless, she said she was making the letter to him public.

    She also said that police officers were reported to have placed black tape over their name plates, a violation of the police department’s own policies.

  12. bettykath says:

    The chief’s apology is pr bs. If he were really sorry he would have had a private conversation with Michael’s parents and leave it up to them to publicize it or not. The public display is disgusting in its lack of sincerity.

  13. Bob Kauten says:

    Well, Ferguson needs a lotta money to maintain those big military weapons.

  14. swarthmoremom says:

  15. Bob Kauten says:

    If you can watch that, you’re stronger than me.

  16. bettykath says:

    This is a bit OT but want to share.
    After police arrived on the scene of her Tallahassee, Florida, neighborhood, 62-year-old Viola Young asked them why they were there. Told to turn around, Young did so and walked away. While walking away, at just about 2:31 in this video shot by a local resident, the officer brutally uses his stun gun to tase Young in the back. Immediately, she falls flat on her face. It’s brutal.
    No charges have been brought and the officer is currently on paid leave.

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