On Thursday, Chief Thomas Jackson of the Ferguson Police Department issued a video-taped apology to the family of Michael Brown, saying he was sorry for the death of their son and for the four hours that the body of the 18-year-old lay in the street after he was killed.
Sounds like he was trying to settle things down. Not so much though, with no help from the parents – who were unfazed by the apology and ready to get things going again in Ferguson.
From the NY Times:
KMOV, the local CBS affiliate, reported that an officer was shot in the arm and expected to recover. The station reported that officers from the Ferguson and St. Louis County were staging a major manhunt for the suspect, who fled on foot into a local neighborhood near West Florissant Avenue and Stein Street.
“I want to say this to the Brown family. No one who has not experienced the loss of a child can understand what you’re feeling,” he said, facing the camera and standing in front of an American flag. “I am truly sorry for the loss of your son. I’m also sorry that it took so long to remove Michael from the street. The time that it took involved very important work on the part of investigators who were trying to collect evidence and gain a true picture of what happened that day. But it was just too long, and I’m truly sorry for that.”
But in an interview with The Associated Press on Saturday, Mr. Brown’s parents were unmoved.
Mr. Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, said, “Yes,” when asked if Chief Jackson should be fired, and his father, Michael Brown Sr., said rather than an apology, they would prefer to see the officer who shot their son arrested for his death on Aug. 9.
“An apology would be when Darren Wilson has handcuffs, processed and charged with murder,” Mr. Brown said.
Sorry, but you are bad, bad parents. Michael’s behavior is not worthy of being shot – but he did just rob a store and attack a cop.
Way to go guys.. Developing.
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