St. Louis Pastor: Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson Should Resign
Community outrage grew over the weekend after the Ferguson police named the officer who shot Brown—Darren Wilson—after withholding his identity for more than five days. For the past two nights, police have tried to enforce a five-hour curfew starting at midnight. On Sunday night, local police fired tear gas, smoke canisters, rubber bullets in an attempt to clear the streets before the curfew began. The police fired into a crowd that included parents with their children. Police accused some protesters of throwing Molotov cocktails and trying to overrun the police command center.
TY PRUITT: So, before I say anything, [raises hands in air]. I just wanted to kick it off like that, because what I want you all to remember is that Michael Brown was not just some young black boy. He was a human being. He was a younger cousin. He was a son. He was an uncle, a nephew. He was not a suspect. He was not an object. He was not an animal. But that’s how he was killed. This [raises hands in air] was the last actions that our family member made before he put his—before he went to rest. This [raises hands in air] will be stuck in my family’s memories for the rest of our lives. So when you protest, [raises hands in air].
CROWD: Hands up! Don’t shoot!
TY PRUITT: Love for all y’all.
CAPTAIN RON JOHNSON: I start off by talking to Michael Brown’s family. And I want you to know, my heart goes out to you. And I say that I’m sorry. I wear this uniform, and I should stand up here and say that I’m sorry.
CAPTAIN RON JOHNSON: Because when this is over, I’m going to go in my son’s room, my black son, who wears his pants sagging, wears his hat cocked to the side, got tattoos on his arms, but that’s my baby. And we all ought to be thanking the Browns for Michael, because Michael is going to make it better for our sons so they can be better black men, so they can be better for our daughters so they can be better black women, better for me so I can be a better black father, and we know they’re going to make our mamas even better than they are today. Let’s continue to show this nation who we are, continue to show this country who we are. But when these days are over, these days are over and Mike Brown’s family is still weeping and they’re still on their knees praying, no matter what positive comes in our lives, we still need to get on our knees, and we need to pray. We need to thank Mike for his life. We need to thank him for the change that he is going to make and to make us better. I love you, I stand tall with you, and I’ll see you out there. Thank you.
CAPTAIN RON JOHNSON: Tonight, a Sunday that started with prayers and messages of unity, peace and justice, took a very different turn after dark. Molotov cocktails were thrown. There were shootings, looting, vandalism and other acts of violence that clearly appear not to have been spontaneous, but premeditated criminal acts designed to damage property, hurt people and provoke a response. The catalyst was not civil disobedience, but preplanned agitation and aggression, coordinated in many cases.
Source: Democracy Now