The family of Michael Brown, the unarmed Ferguson, Missouri teen who was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson have released a statement with their lawyers after Officer Wilson’s name was released. If you’ve been watching the news reports, you would have seen that at the time of Wilson’s name being shared with the world, the police released photos from an alleged attack and “strong arm robbery” that they claimed took place before the shooting.
So the Ferguson police basically did what authorities normally do when a Black victim is gunned down by a White aggressor. The formula is always the same–they do everything they can to assassinate the character of the victim. It’s almost as if the victim is on trial instead of the assailant. Remember when photos of Trayvon Martin surfaces of him throwing up “gang signs” and smoking marijuana? That was clearly an effort to create a thug persona for him, maybe even making the jury think it was a bigger possibility that George Zimmerman was attacked. And it was a similar situation for Renisha McBride. Her blood alcohol level was called into question and her character was questioned. Was she trying to rob Theodore Wafer? Or was she just shaken up, hurt and needing help? It’s no surprise that the authorities would try the same tactic for Mike Brown.
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson addressed the surveillance video of the “strong arm robbery” they claimed was Mike Brown in a press conference. He said, “I released the surveillance tape because I had to” because he was getting a ton of freedom of information requests about the video. However, Jackson also claimed that it was not Mike Brown in the video.
Check out the full statement from Michael Brown’s family and attorneys in reaction to Mike’s character assassination below:
Michael Brown’s family is beyond outraged at the devious way the police chief has chosen to disseminate piece mil 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.
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