On September 25, Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson apologized to Michael Brown’s family and to “peaceful protesters” who believe the “police response” to the protests violated their First Amendment rights.
According to the Daily Mail, Jackson released a video in which he said, “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.”
Jackson said he was sorry that it took so long to remove Brown’s body from the street but also stressed that the body was there for “very important work on the part of the investigators.” He said “investigating officers meant no disrespect to the Brown family” or “the African-American community.”
Jackson also addressed protesters:
To any peaceful protester who [does] not feel that I did enough to protect their constitutional right to protest, I am sorry for that. The right of the people to peaceably assemble is what the police are here to protect. If anyone who was peaceably exercising that right is upset and angry, I feel responsible and am sorry.
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