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Ferguson police chief apologizes to Michael Brown's family

Posted September 25, 2014

— 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.


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  • Mark Farmer Sep 25, 2014
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    So does this mean that he believes his Office is Innocent or guilty.

    ether way, he was wrong.

  • jackaroe123 Sep 25, 2014

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    How disrespectful do you have to be to put the word "shrine" in quotation marks?

    That's just the tip of the iceberg, too.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Sep 25, 2014

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    as opposed to all who watch ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, CSPAN, HNN, right?

  • Doseofreality88 Sep 25, 2014

    If you weren't there, please don't post what happened. You weren't there. You read your FOX news and claim you know it all. The investigation isn't done, let it rest!!!

  • Coach K is still GREAT Sep 25, 2014

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    On the contrary... he knows that his officer/"victim" will be exonerated of everything...
    so he's publicly apologizing to the NON VICTIM'S family in advance...

  • Travis Upchurch Sep 25, 2014
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    I am just glad they have not arrested or charged the officer with anything, the way the "eye witness" and the mayor, there governor acted i hope they all loss there next election, how fast they were to try to hang the officer. Why in the world would anyone want to be a cop just blows me away!! Glad they do it, can you imagine living with out them!!

  • Tom Smith Sep 25, 2014
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  • Dale White Sep 25, 2014
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    Apologize for what? Doing their job?

  • sabsco Sep 25, 2014

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    For a disturbing number of people who post on this subject - yes it is!

    I find it interesting that the Ferguson Police Department was able to come up with and release that surveillance video so quickly but have YET to release photos of the officer OR a medical report supporting the claim that he was viciously attacked by Brown.

  • bmac813 Sep 25, 2014

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    I would love to see what you would do when a 6'6, 285 LB. Young Guy on Drugs Coming after you. What would you have done???