‘Don’t apologize, resign!’ Family of killed teen wants justice amid renewed Ferguson unrest

Sunday, September 28, 2014
By Paul Martin

Sun, 2014-09-28

Ferguson’s top cop should resign, the best apology from him will be not words but the arrest and prosecution of the police officer who killed their son, the parents of Michael Brown said as tensions in the St. Louis suburb escalated again this week.

The parents of Michael Brown said they were unmoved by Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson’s apology which he offered earlier this week, more than a month after their 18-year-old son was killed by a white police officer.

“An apology would be when Darren Wilson has handcuffs, processed and charged with murder,” Michael Brown Sr. told the AP, while Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, said Chief Tom Jackson should be fired.

The killing by Officer Darren Wilson of an unarmed African-American teen on August 9, sparked weeks of unrest in the predominantly black community of Missouri, while the highly militarized response to protests and demonstrations near the site of the shooting exacerbated tensions and galvanized the local population to call attention to racial grievances.

“There’s going to continue to be unrest until they do what should be done,” McSpadden said, even after Chief Jackson issued an apology on Thursday. “I don’t want words, I want action,” she added.

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