In a video released today, Ferguson, Mo., Police Chief Thomas Jackson says that he is “truly sorry” to the Brown family for the death of Michael Brown and the way that his body was handled. He also apologizes to peaceful protesters “who did not feel that I did enough to protect their constitutional right to protest,” and accepts full responsibility “for any mistakes I have made.”
It’s unclear what drove Jackson or the Ferguson Police Department to apologize now and in this fashion. This week, protests in Ferguson began with renewed urgency after a memorial to Michael Brown was destroyed in a fire.
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The video opens with Jackson in a red polo shirt, standing in front of an American flag. A transcript of his remarks is below:
As many of you know, my name is Tom Jackson, and I’m the chief of police of the city of Ferguson. The events of the past few weeks have sent shockwaves, not just around the community here, but around the nation. Overnight I went from being a small-town police chief to being a part of a conversation about racism, equality, and the role of policing in that conversation. As chief of police and as a resident, I want to be part of that conversation. I also want to be part of the solution.
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The video appears to have been produced by The Devin James Group, a communications agency.