Nixon criticizes Ferguson police for releasing Michael Brown ‘robbery’ video

Nixon criticizes Ferguson police for releasing Michael Brown ‘robbery’ video

Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:20PM GMT
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The governor of Missouri has taken a swipe at the Ferguson police for releasing to the public a video allegedly showing Michael Brown robbing a store before being killed in a police shooting.

Michael Brown was an 18-year-old unarmed African American who was shot multiple times by a police officer and killed last Saturday.

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, who has acknowledged that the shooting death of Brown was not related to the robbery, released the video on Friday.

Earlier, US justice Department had also warned police not to release the video.

Jay Nixon now said in several talk shows that he “deeply” disagreed with the decision to release the video.

“We certainly were not happy with that being released, especially in the way that it was,” Nixon said. “It appeared to cast dispersions on a young man that was gunned down in the street. It made emotions raw,” said Nixon while appearing on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

He also repeated his disapproval of the release of the video during appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press”.

“To attempt to in essence disparage the character of this victim in the middle of a process is not right. It’s just not right,” he said. “And secondarily, it did put the community, and quite frankly the region and the nation, on alert again. These are old wounds. These are deep wounds in these communities. And that action was not helpful.”

Brown’s family also insists the timing of the video does not correlate with the

Nixon said he spoke to Ferguson police about the release of the video, but didn’t say if there would be any punitive actions taken.

“We’ve had very serious discussions about that action and how much we thought that it was not the right way to handle the victim’s family,” Nixon said, adding that he met with Brown’s family. “They were deeply troubled, and when you see your son gunned down in the street and then you see a police chief begin an attempt to attack his character, that’s just not the way to operate.”

Police has been under fire over the killing of the black teenager.

Civil rights groups have drawn an analogy between Brown’s killing and the 2012 shooting of 17-year-old African American high school student Trayvon Martin by a Florida neighborhood watch.

Civil rights activists say the US has a long history of police brutality against African-Americans, where blacks are frequently singled out by law enforcement agencies.

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