Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson apologized to the family of Michael Brown, an unarmed teen shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson last month in an incident that sparked weeks of tumultuous protests and militarized law enforcement response.
“I’m truly sorry for the loss of your son,” Jackson said in a video message to the Brown family. “I’m also sorry that it took so long to remove Michael from the street.”
Brown’s body was left for four hours. In addition Jackson was criticized for a decision to release video that appeared to show Brown engaged in a robbery of a convenience store just before the shooting, which many felt was an attempt to discredit the dead teen.
Jackson also apologized to “any peaceful protestor” who thought he didn’t do “enough to protect their constitutional right to protest. The right of the people to peacefully assemble is what the police are here to protect. If anyone who was peacefully exercising that right, and feels upset and angry, I feel responsible, and I’m sorry.”
Jackson also acknowledged the anger of the African American community. “This city belongs to all of us,” he said. “It is clear we have much work to do.”
Watch the video below, via CNN:
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