Statement from Brown Family

[Content Note: Police brutality; victim-blaming; racism.]

The family of Michael Brown, via their attorneys, released the following statement earlier today, following Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson's press conference:
Michael Brown's family is beyond outraged at the devious way the police chief has chosen to disseminate [piecemeal] information in a manner intended to assassinate the character of their son, following such a brutal assassination of his person in broad daylight.

There is nothing based on the facts that have been placed before us that can justify the execution style murder of their child by this police officer as he held his hands up, which is the universal sign of surrender.

The prolonged release of the officer's name and then the subsequent alleged information regarding a robbery is the reason why the family and the local community have such distrust for the local law enforcement agencies.

It is no way transparent to release the still photographs alleged to be Michael Brown and refuse to release the photographs of the officer that executed him.

The police strategy of attempting to blame the victim will not divert our attention, from being focused on the autopsy, ballistics report and the trajectory of the bullets that caused Michael's death and will demonstrate to the world this brutal execution of an unarmed teenager.

Benjamin L Crump, Esq.
Anthony D. Gray, Esq.
Daryl D. Parks, Esq.

As I also noted here, Dorian Johnson told police (days ago, it appears) that he and Brown stole the cigars. And yet somehow he is not even under arrest despite the fact the same crime is being used to justify Michael Brown having been killed.

That is an inconsistency we're not meant to notice. Or question.

Because it undermines the disgusting game the Ferguson PD is trying to play here.

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UPDATE: "Thomas Jackson, the police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, said later that the officer did not know Brown was a suspect in the robbery when he stopped Brown. Asked why Brown and [Johnson] were stopped, the chief said: 'Because they were walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic.'"

So, the police are openly admitting he wasn't stopped as a suspect. Thus they are tacitly admitting that the release of all the information about the robbery has literally nothing to do with the shooting, except to demonize Michael Brown.

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