Apologies All Around in Ferguson

Thomas Jackson, Police Chief, Ferguson, MO

Thomas Jackson
Police Chief
Ferguson, MO

(Ferguson, MO) – Police Chief Thomas Jackson, of Ferguson, issued a heartfelt, videotaped apology to the parents of slain teen Michael Brown.

He then issued an apology for the apology.

On August 9, white police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed the unarmed Brown, an African-American. The aftermath? Twelve days of rioting, looting, arrests, investigations, additional shootings, and multiple autopsies.

At the time, Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his resignation yesterday, came to Ferguson to assure local residents that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would conduct a full, thorough, fair, and impartial investigation into the matter.

Michael Brown

Michael Brown

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) also assured Ferguson residents that it would be conducting a full, thorough, fair, and impartial investigation into the matter.

Other countries, such as Ghana, Iran, North Korea, and Russia have announced their own plans to conduct full, thorough, fair, and impartial investigations into the matter.

Even terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) (aka Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) aka Islamic State (IS) aka Al-Qaeda in Iraq), AQIC (Al-Qaeda in Cognito), SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine), and the Exploding Donkey Martyrs’ Brigades have announced their own plans to conduct full, thorough, fair, and impartial investigations into the matter.

Finally, “civil rights” leader Al Sharpton has promised his own full, thorough, fair, and impartial investigation into the matter.

And, as everyone knows, a civil rights battle wouldn’t be a civil rights battle without the appearance of Sharpton.

Eric Holder

Eric Holder

“We still can’t figure out what Sharpton is doing here,” said a local resident, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We all know that the terms ‘civil rights’ and ‘Al Sharpton’ don’t mix – not after what he did to Tawana [Brawley].”

In 1987, Sharpton supported Brawley when a gang of white men allegedly attacked her. In addition to the physical assault, she was left with racial slurs written on her body in dog excrement. A grand jury subsequently concluded that Brawley and Sharpton were lying.

“If he’s not the one who covered Brawley in dog feces, he surely knows who did it,” said a Rutgers University law professor, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Yet he’s never come forth to explain it, and he’s never really had to pay for his lies. It’s very sad.”

Jackson’s apology came more than six weeks after Brown’s killing – and on the same day Jackson’s parents were at a Washington press conference, asking the Justice Department to go forward with its investigation. Minutes earlier, Holder had announced his resignation.

Sharpton accompanied Brown’s parents to Washington to lend his support.

Regarding Jackson’s apology, many in Ferguson said it was too little, too late.

“What has he been doing for six weeks?” asked a Brown supporter, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Why didn’t he apologize in the beginning? Then the rioting wouldn’t have taken place.”

Reverend Al Sharpton

Reverend Al Sharpton

Jackson then issued an apology for the apology, saying he shouldn’t have waited so long to issue an apology.

Many felt Jackson didn’t owe anyone a second apology.

“You’ve got Sharpton involved,” said a Jackson supporter, speaking on condition of anonymity. “When did he apologize for his role with Brawley? Never!”

“Was he really apologizing for the looters?” asked another Jackson supporter, speaking on condition of anonymity. “So, when something happens that you don’t like, you go to your local store and steal a television? And then the police chief tells you he’s sorry? What sense does that make?”

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