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Brown Family Wants Action, Not Apologies From Police

Responding to an apology from Ferguson's police chief, Michael Brown's parents said they expect consequences for the officer who shot their son.
Posted at 10:14 PM, Sep 27, 2014

The parents of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black man who was shot and killed by police last month, are unmoved by the apology Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson released last week.

Thomas Jackson: "No one who has not experienced the loss of a child can understand what you are feeling. I am truly sorry for the loss of your son."

Jackson went on to apologize for how long Brown's body was left in the street, explaining that investigators were doing important police work. He also said he was sorry to anyone who felt their constitutional right to peacefully protest was violated in the weeks following the shooting.

But Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, said it was not enough. "An apology would be when Darren Wilson has handcuffs, processed and charged with murder." 

Wilson is the officer who shot and killed Brown; so far, he has not been charged with any crime. McSpadden, along with some protestors, also said she thinks Jackson should lose his job.

But in an interview with CNN, Jackson held firm that he intends to stay in his position.

Tom Jackson Via CNN: "I'm going to stay here and see this through. This is mine and I'm taking ownership of it."

All this comes just a few days after the U.S. Justice Department banned Ferguson Police Officers from wearing wristbands that read "I Am Darren Wilson."

NPR quotes a letter from the Department Of Justice on the wristbands: "The expressive accessory itself is exacerbating an already tense atmosphere between law enforcement and residents in Ferguson. These bracelets reinforce the very 'us versus them' mentality that many residents of Ferguson believe exists."

As for Darren Wilson, a grand jury has been hearing evidence about the Michael Brown shooting that could potentially lead to an indictment. The jury has until January to decide whether Wilson should be charged.