Ferguson police chief apologizes to Michael Brown's family
Posted September 25, 2014
Ferguson, Mo. — Tom Jackson, the police chief in Ferguson, Mo., apologized on Thursday to the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who shot and killed by a police officer Aug. 9.
"I want to say this to the Brown family. No one who has not experienced the loss of a child can know what you're feeling. 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," Jackson said in a video posted on Vimeo.
Jackson also addressed the length of time it took for investigators to remove Brown's body from the street after the shooting.
"The time that it took involved very important 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 sorry for that."
Anger about the incident spilled over Tuesday after fire destroyed one of two memorials on the street where Brown was killed, a site that has become sacred to many in Ferguson and others nationwide focused on interactions between minorities and police.
How the fire happened wasn't immediately clear, but it stoked fresh resentment among those who question whether Brown's death is being adequately investigated.
More than six weeks after Brown's death, residents and others remain upset about the way his body lay in the street for more than four hours while police investigated the shooting. Many insist he was trying to surrender, with his hands up.
They're also angry that the officer who shot him, Darren Wilson, remains free and on paid administrative leave while a state grand jury weighs whether Wilson should face criminal charges. The Justice Department also is investigating.