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Reactions to chief's apology, and to protests on night of Sept. 25 Live
Twitter users @deray and @Nettaaaaaaaa have organized and send out a daily email newsletter addressing the protests in Ferguson and deeper issues of race and police tactics.
An Open Letter From Protesters in Response to the Events of Thursday, Sept. 25th. #Ferguson http://t.co/09k6P2CvMq
The protests continue as there is a demand for justice. These are the demands: http://t.co/8sghKRMkgQ. #Ferguson
Chief Jackson, your scripted apology will not remove Mike Brown's blood from Canfield nor will it remove the sting of tear gas. #Ferguson
The chief of Ferguson pd apologizes after HOW LONG?! On August 9, 2014 there Should've been an apology to Mike Brown's mother & father. ASAP
Gone apologize and "walk in peace" with protesters while your officers incite another riot. No name tags or badges.
These are from a regular protester, and were sent the morning of Sept. 25:
I have a feeling that the “apology” is going to piss me off. I’m not even going to read it.
The question is; why now? I think I may know the answer.
They aren’t going to wait until January to announce that Wilson isn’t going to be indicted. It’s looking like it’ll be early October.
That evening, the protester was at the Ferguson Police Department:
What did chief Jackson really hope to accomplish by coming out here?
Police Chief said apology came from his heart. He said he had to get it off his chest. #Ferguson http://t.co/jaLPWY6gkL
FIGHT BREAKS OUT AS CHIEF MARCHES WITH PROTESTORS!!! Bunch of arrests!!! #Ferguson
Despite being angry w/ chief & PD, he was invited 2 march w/ us as a show of solidarity. His acceptance was an olive branch. So we thought.
I honestly thought asking him to march was brilliant and him accepting to march could've been great for the world to see. I did.
Patricia Bynes is a Democratic committee woman from Ferguson who has been present at many of the protests.
Chief Jackson just came out here to talk
He is still talking. He is telling us about the DOJ told him they need to change in #Ferguson PD http://t.co/wVr83Xbo0b
From earlier on Sept. 25, Bynes wrote:
As someone who is living & representing #Ferguson the Chief's apology helps. It is not perfect but a needed 1st step.
Someone in this Ferguson City debacle seems to be listening. This is what people have been outraged about, the lack of empathy.
Is it too little too late? Yes. When a community is furious, scared, anxious and on edge, a glimpse of humanity is nice to see even if late
One thing Chief Jackson didn't mention was the release of that tape. Releasing THAT is when we starting calling for his resignation
Yes "@lisarokusek: @Patricialicious and acknowledging these steps doesn't mean he should stay on as Chief. His damage & mistakes were real."
An apology doesn't mean you shouldn't face the consequences of your actions. Those are two different things.
From a group of protesters who have been marching nearly every night for the last few weeks, and camping in Ferguson:
6 weeks later Ferguson chief gives apology that is written y didn't u resign after your apology for not doing ANYTHING. #NOJUSTICENOPEACE
So The Chief Of Police Read A Scripted Apology? What happened to the emotions when your giving a true apology.#mikebrown #ferguson
From a local attorney who is involved in poltics:
From developing policies in secret w/ terrible roll out, ground breaking debacle, ticking off media, video apology #Ferguson PR has failed.
From other Twitter users:
Where is he? Did the police chief think his apology was gonna make people forget that this man is still a civilian? #Ferguson
#Ferguson police chief apologizes to the family of Mike Brown. Devin James Group PR firm produced it. All spin.
It took 47 days for the #Ferguson police chief to issue the apology he could've given that Saturday night.
As a matter of fact, it took longer to film that apology than it would have to go over to #MikeBrown's home and apologize in-person.
Something else: How many of your tax dollars were spent to hire the Devin James Group to spin doctor this apology for #Ferguson PD?
At least he's ackowledging the legitimate pain in the community. Thank you, Chief Jackson. #Ferguson #MikeBrown http://t.co/W3dljHOSNG