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Ferguson Chief 'Sorry' in Video Apology for Way Things Were Handled

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By    |   Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 05:10 PM

Ferguson, Missouri, Police Chief Thomas Jackson said he was sorry multiple times in a video apology Thursday to the family of Michael Brown, but told CNN that he had no intentions of resigning from his position.

Nationally, there have been calls for the ouster of Jackson because of the way the officer-involved shooting and riots afterwards were handled.

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“I've talked to a lot of people who have initially called for that and then changed their mind after having meetings and discussions about moving forward," he told CNN. "Realistically, I'm going to stay here and see this through. This is mine, and I'm taking ownership of it."

Apparently part of taking ownership was the video, created by PR firm The Devin James Group, in which Jackson apologized numerous times.

“I want to say this to the Brown family: No one, who has not experienced the loss of a child, can understand what you're feeling. I am truly sorry for the loss of your son,” he said. “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. But it was just too long, and I am truly sorry for that.”

Jackson also apologized to peaceful protesters who came to the community.

“The right of the people to peacefully assemble is what the police are here to protect. If anyone who is peacefully exercising that right is upset and angry, I feel responsible, and I am sorry,” he said in the video.

Some online took a cynical view of the why the police chief released the video. On Gawker, one commenter wrote, “They are probably either about to announce that no charges will be brought against Darren Wilson, or the attorney for the FPD advised them to do this in anticipation of the civil suit that will follow Darren Wilson not being charged.”



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Ferguson, Missouri, Police Chief Thomas Jackson said he was sorry multiple times in a video apology Thursday to the family of Michael Brown, but told CNN that he had no intentions of resigning from his position.
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