#Ferguson police chief issues an apology

tom jackson(CNN) — Ferguson Missouri, Police Chief Thomas Jackson apologized Thursday to the parents of Michael Brown, as well as to any peaceful protesters who feel he didn’t do “enough to protect their constitutional right to protest.”

Specifically, he apologized that it took investigating officers four hours to remove Brown’s body from the street after Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot him last month.

“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 said during his video statement.

Investigators were doing “important work” trying to uncover the truth and collect evidence during those four hours, Jackson said, but “it was just too long, and I’m truly sorry for that.”

Keep your apology, Tom Jackson. It’s much too late for THAT. Too much damage has been done. The entire Ferguson police department needs to be dismantled from the top to the bottom.

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51 Responses to #Ferguson police chief issues an apology

  1. God don’t like ugly…

    Grand jury considering the Ferguson shooting is being investigated for misconduct

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/10/01/grand-jury-hearing-ferguson-shooting-is-being-investigated-for-misconduct/

    The St. Louis County prosecutor’s office is investigating an accusation of misconduct on the grand jury that is hearing the case against the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

    Ed Magee, the spokesman for county prosecutor Robert McCulloch, said they received the information from a “Twitter user” Wednesday morning.

    “We are looking into the matter,” he said.

    An account of possible jury misconduct surfaced Wednesday morning on Twitter, when several users sent messages about one juror who may have discussed evidence in the case with a friend.

    In one of those messages, a person tweeted that they are friends with a member of the jury who doesn’t believe there is enough evidence to warrant an arrest of the officer, Darren Wilson.

    The same person who tweeted about being friends with a member of the jury has also tweeted messages of support for Wilson.

    Magee confirmed that the Twitter user and feed came from an activist, Shaun King.

    The jury has been weighing evidence on the case since Aug. 20, within days of the Aug. 9 shooting. McCulloch told The Washington Post last week that both the FBI and county police’s investigations into the shooting are “pretty much done.” He also said that jurors should be done hearing all the evidence by later this month, but they could meet through mid-November.

    Grand jury proceedings are confidential and if there has been a breach, the prosecutor’s office may have to start over with a newly empaneled group.

  2. Ferguson police are outright defying the DOJ. No name tags, I am Darren Wilson bracelets, no use of force report..they’re making it up as they go. Do they think they’re above the law. Give them a reality check and slap some handcuffs on their ass.

  3. I smell fish & it ain’t Friday.

    Cops Looking for 1 suspect in Ferguson police shooting instead of 2. Body camera off.

    http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/09/cops_now_looking_for_one_suspect_in_ferguson_police_shooting_as_story_changes.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr%3Acontent%26

    On Saturday, a Ferguson, Mo., police officer was shot in the arm. Initial reports indicated police were looking for two suspects. Now, police say they are only looking for one man.

    Ferguson, Mo., police now have their sights set on finding one suspect they believe shot and wounded an officer in a Saturday night altercation that is now being described very differently from when police first reported the incident.

    According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police initially reported that the officer saw two suspects breaking into a business. When the officer approached the alleged suspects, one pulled a gun and opened fire, hitting the officer in the arm. Now police are reporting that during a “business check” the officer noticed one man standing at the rear of the Ferguson Community Center. When the officer approached, the man took off running, the officer gave chase and the man spun and shot the officer before taking off into the woods nearby.

    The Post-Dispatch notes that the officer was treated and released from a hospital Sunday. St. Louis County Police Sgt. Brian Schellman told the Post-Dispatch that the officer was wearing a body camera, but said it was turned off during the incident. The police spokesman told the newspaper that he did not know why the camera was off.

    Ferguson police officers have been mandated to wear body cameras since Aug. 31. The mandate comes in the wake of the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by Police Officer Darren Wilson.

    The original report of Saturday’s shooting of the police officer that was given to Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson and St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar indicated there were two suspects, but detectives have now confirmed that only one individual was reportedly involved in the shooting.

  4. Obama: Mistrust of police corroding American society

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/28/obama-police-mistrust_n_5895670.html?&ir=Black+Voices&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000051

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The widespread mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Missouri exists in too many other communities and is having a corrosive effect on the nation, particularly on its children, President Barack Obama says. He blames the feeling of wariness on persistent racial disparities in the administration of justice.

    Obama said these misgivings only serve to harm communities that are most in need of effective law enforcement.

    “It makes folks who are victimized by crime and need strong policing reluctant to go to the police because they may not trust them,” he said Saturday night in an address at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual awards dinner.

    “And the worst part of it is it scars the hearts of our children,” Obama said, adding that it leads some youngsters to unnecessarily fear people who do not look like them and others to constantly feel under suspicion no matter what they do.

    “That is not the society we want,” he said. “It’s not the society that our children deserve.”

  5. This is city government’s fault. Bob McCulloch’s fault! I hope you’re happy, mofo! It didn’t have to be this way. Got damn them!

  6. News is a #Ferguson cop was shot in Dellwood? That's why all the cops lit out of here so fast. Stay away from wherever they are. Come to AW.— Molly (@mollyrosestl) September 28, 2014

  7. Keep On Pushin’, Ferguson! We’re standing with you likethis.

  8. DOJ Gets Ferguson, St. Louis County Cops To Ban ‘I Am Darren Wilson’ Wristbands

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/26/ferguson-darren-wilson-wristbands-doj_n_5890436.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

    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. A grand jury currently is weighing the evidence against Wilson, and the FBI has launched a separate civil rights investigation into the case.

  9. rikyrah says:

    The Parents Of Trayvon Martin And Jordan Davis Are Helping Michael Brown’s Family Cope

    The families of unarmed black teenagers who died in high-profile cases have come to support and rely on one another.
    posted on Sept. 26, 2014, at 11:53 a.m.

    It’s been over a month since 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, by police officer Darren Wilson, and the Brown family have questions but few answers. Weeks ago, their attorneys filed a request for more information on Wilson’s police career, but they’re still waiting for it. A grand jury has convened in St. Louis County, but won’t decide whether to indict Wilson for at least another month or longer.

    The slow movement of the case has the family questioning whether the public really gets what happened. “People really don’t understand that she lost her son,” Eric Davis said of his cousin, Lesley McSpadden, Brown’s mother.

    Black families thrust into the media spotlight by the death of a loved one are forced to relive their loss over and over, both in court and in the public eye. They have few places to turn for solace and support, other than one another.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikehayes/the-parents-of-trayvon-martin-and-jordan-davis-are-helping-m?utm_term=ybhdfy#39oicsj

  10. racerrodig says:

    Hey Chief…………

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC3wXwaGYlA

    And in case that’s not clear enough………here’s another way to put it………..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6DEgywU-hM

    But then again………….

  11. Liza says:

    I’d say the old boy is between a rock and a hard place if he intends to keep his job, and this apology was some consultant’s lame a$$ idea about making amends with the black folks, like it would be that easy.

    You might ask yourself why doesn’t he throw Darren Wilson under the bus? Hell, it’s just one cop and he did, in fact, murder the young man in cold blood. Well, I suspect that if Tom Jackson were to do that, which would be the right thing to do, he would lose his job for certain because the racism and corruption is systemic. Also, cops are killing people, especially black men, with impunity all over the nation. Does Tom Jackson strike you as one who would have the courage to do the right thing and break with tradition? No, he’s as big a coward as ever lived.

    Nope. Someone has sold old Tom on the notion that he can just tell the black folks that he’s mighty sorry for the “loss” of Michael Brown and that he was in the street so long. Attached to his apology is a stream of excuses which kind of makes this whole gambit not an apology but just a lame attempt to get the black folks to back off and give up on trying to get him replaced.

    He looks like someone’s grandfather with all that white hair and pink skin but that is one cold son of a b!tch. Be glad it’s not 1954.

  12. vitaminlover says:

    Too little too late.

  13. rikyrah says:

    This is ridiculous. Nobody gives a rat’s ass about his ‘apology’.

  14. Ferguson police chief apologizing. DOJ must be getting ready to get in that a**? The Heat Is On.

  15. Tom Jackson was asked why did it take so long to apologize? He said it was so much going on. So many challenges.

    Shorter Jackson:Too many lies to keep straight. I had to focus on that.

  16. Ametia says:

    Memo to Chief Tom Jackson: Michael Brown Jr. is not “lost” he’s not a “loss.” What you talmbout, “sorry for your loss,” like he was hidden like a secret and can’t be found. GTFOHWTFBS

    Michael Brown Jr. was UNARMED & EXECUTED in BROAD DAYLIGHT

    FUCK YOU!

  17. *BOOM*!

  18. racerrodig says:

    Here comes the soft soap and prep for the ultimate BS story……..as if this numb nutZZ clown can sneak this crap by anybody.

    I’m sure those racist gun nutZZ are salivating about now thinking the Grand Jury will play that “he’s a good cop just doing his job” card.

    Even us white guys are incensed by this…….and Fogen, and Duhhhhnnnn, and Wafer, and Kendrick Johnson’s murder and on & on & on & on……………

  19. GrandCentral says:

    Thank You!!! Eff your apology. Take action and charge the officer who shot Michael Brown. This should have never happen. What does he think an apology will do? Won’t bring Michael back or end the pain of his family and community.

  20. Liza says:

    This “apology” is really not an apology. The Ferguson Police Chief takes absolutely no responsibility for anything that happened. He “apologizes” to the Brown family for the loss of their son as though the Ferguson PD had nothing to do with it. And he never even gets close to the fact that the Ferguson PD is an any way at fault, he just makes excuses.

    Another fail from the Ferguson PD’s public relations consultants. Tom Jackson needs to resign.

  21. Hey folks!

    Look in the upper right hand corner of the video and you’ll see the PR firm Ferguson police are using. The Devin James Group. Major fail.

  22. Tom Jackson thinks an apology will suffice after all the damage Ferguson police inflicted upon black citizens. Hell to the No!

    • Ametia says:

      Tear gas, swat teams, armored tanks, attack dogs, rolling down the streets of Ferguson.

      Are you sorry for terrorizing the citizens of Ferguson too, Chief Jackson, Gov. Jay North?

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