Ferguson, Missouri’s Police Chief Thomas Jackson “apologized” to the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager gunned down by Officer Darren Wilson after Brown was busted for the grievous crime of jaywalking.
True, the only “documentation” the chief released initially was related to a “strong-arm robbery” Brown allegedly committed — one that was reported by a customer of the store rather than the owner or any employee — in an effort to demonize Brown. True, the department has a habit of taking in officers who are accused of, or have been found guilty of, civil rights violations. True, Ferguson police are being sued for their continued civil rights violations in the wake of Brown’s death. True, the department has a proven history of taking unwarranted violent action against African-Americans, including arresting and brutalizing the wrong suspect and then charging him for getting his blood on officers’ uniforms. True, Officer Wilson was hired from a department that was disbanded because of rampant corruption and racism. True, Ferguson officers are directly involved in raising blood money for Darren Wilson. True, police working the protests were recently caught wearing “I Am Darren Wilson” wristbands in support of the embattled officer.
But he’s “sorry.”
“No one who has not experienced the loss of a child can understand what you’re feeling,” Jackson said. “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.”
“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,” Jackson said. “But it was just too long, and I’m truly sorry for that. Please know that the investigating officers meant no disrespect to the Brown family, to the African American community, or the people of Canfield. They were simply trying to do their jobs.”
Jackson also “apologized” to Ferguson protesters, whose rights have been repeatedly violated by his department and others from the surrounding area.
“I do want to say to any peaceful protester who did not feel that I did enough to protect their constitutional right to protest, I am sorry for that,” Jackson said. “The right of the people to peacefully assemble is what the police are here to protect. If anyone who was peacefully exercising that right is upset and angry, I feel responsible and I am sorry.”
“Overnight I went from being a small-town police chief to being part of a conversation about racism, equality and the role of policing in that conversation. As chief of police, I want to be part of that conversation. I also want to be part of the solution,” he added, ignoring completely that he and his officers have been the bulk of the problem in this scenario.
“For any mistakes I’ve made, I take full responsibility. It’s an honor to serve the city of Ferguson and the people who live there. I look forward to working with you in the future to solve our problems, and once again, I deeply apologize to the Brown family,” Jackson concluded.
There is still no word on if Wilson will be prosecuted for the murder. The case is currently being reviewed by a mostly-white grand jury.
One can only conclude that the investigation being conducted by the Department of Justice is not going well for the Ferguson Police Department.
Watch Jackson’s “apology” below: