Michael Brown’s family issued a scathing statement in response to their son’s murder by Officer Darren Wilson, and also in response to the Ferguson Police Department’s attempts to paint Brown as someone who deserved to be murdered.
The department claimed that Brown was involved in a robbery of the Quick Trip convenience store torched by protesters on Sunday night, and the Brown family had some words for the department.
The Huffington Post published the statement, prepared by their attorneys, which said:
Michael Brown’s family is beyond outraged at the devious way the police chief has chosen to disseminate piecemeal information in a manner intended to assassinate the character of their son, following such a brutal assassination of his person in broad daylight.
There is nothing based on the facts that have been placed before us that can justify the execution style murder of their child by this police officer as he held his hands up, which is the universal sign of surrender.
The prolonged release of the officer’s name and then the subsequent alleged information regarding a robbery is the reason why the family and the local community have such distrust for the local law enforcement agencies.
It is no way transparent to release the still photographs alleged to be Michael Brown and refuse to release the photographs of the officer that executed him.
The police strategy of attempting to blame the victim will not divert our attention, from being focused on the autopsy, ballistics report and the trajectory of the bullets that caused Michael’s death and will demonstrate to the world this brutal execution of an unarmed teenager.
Benjamin L Crump, Esq.
Anthony D. Gray, Esq.
Daryl D. Parks, Esq.
Daryl Parks also believes that the police department released photos from the alleged robbery before the video because the photos look considerably worse than the video, according to the HuffPo piece. Parks said that the police department did that as a character assassination strategy.
However, whether he was even involved in the robbery, and whether Officer Wilson knew, is under dispute, along with the circumstances surrounding his death. The Washington Post said that statements released from the police department first said the confrontation happened when Brown was identified as a robbery suspect, and then later said the confrontation was unrelated. Supposedly, it happened because Brown and a friend were walking down the street and blocking traffic.
We still don’t know many of the details surrounding the shooting, but both the robbery and blocking the street aren’t reasons for an officer to shoot anybody. Witnesses maintain that Brown had his hands up, which means “surrender” and “don’t shoot,” and did not do something like rush at the officer and try to grab his gun. He was shot in the back; that doesn’t happen unless someone’s walking or running away.
Brown’s family’s outrage over the implication that Wilson was justified in shooting Brown because he was engaging in illegal behavior, and feeling like the department is trying to save its own image by denigrating Brown’s, is entirely expected.