What Michael Brown's Parents Have to Say

They express 'profound disappointment' at outcome of grand jury
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2014 8:41 PM CST
What Michael Brown's Parents Have to Say
Michael Brown, Sr., father of teenager Michael Brown who was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri.   (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

Moments after St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced that the grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson, Michael Brown's parents released a statement via attorney Benjamin Crump on Twitter. What Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., wanted to say: "We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen."

"Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera. We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction. Let's not just make noise, let's make a difference." But before the statement came an emotional scene in an area hotel room, per USA Today. It reports that Crump spoke to McCulloch, then told McSpadden the jury's decision. She "began crying and shouting. Her body vibrated with pain as she jumped to her feet." McCulloch reportedly told Crump he would meet with Brown's family. "I do want to meet with him right now," his mother yelled. "What do you mean no indictment?!" She then ran from the room. (More Michael Brown stories.)

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