More than a month after unarmed black teen Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white cop in Ferguson, Missouri, the town’s police chief Tom Jackson released a video apologizing to Brown’s family and peaceful protesters.
On August 9, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson killed Brown, and his body was left on the pavement for several hours, inciting local and national outrage as pictures of the dead teen were shared on social media.
Jackson "deeply" apologized in the video on Thursday to Brown’s parents for their loss, and explained that the delay to remove his body from the street was due to officers gathering evidence.
"Please know that the investigating officers meant no disrespect to the Brown family, to the African-American community, or the people of Canfield. They were simply trying to do their jobs," he said in the video.
Although the shooting has had an often-violet aftermath, which led to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon calling in the state’s National Guard to police the city, Jackson apologized to those who were "peacefully" protesting the police department’s actions.
"It is clear we have much work to do as a community, city, and nation. We have real problems to solve," said Jackson. "For any mistakes I have made in any of this, I take full responsibility."
Common Ground Public Relations was also brought on to provide "short-term assistance to the city of Ferguson’s media relations department in fielding media inquiries during this tragic time," the firm said in a tweet last month. The firm did not provide further information about its work with the St. Louis suburb.