Michael Brown Death: Ferguson Police Chief Asks for Calm

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The police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, appealed for calm Wednesday after three nights of unrest over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager.

“We’re just asking that the protests be peaceful,” Chief Thomas Jackson told reporters. “We understand the anger, we understand that people want answers, and we understand that we’ve got a problem. But we’re just asking people to be peaceful.”

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Jackson, speaking about Saturday's shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, said that the officer involved had suffered injuries to the face and was taken to a hospital. He said that police planned to release audio recordings from the day of the shooting “shortly,” but he did not give a date. He also said that the department planned to meet with Brown’s mother on Thursday. Police asked, but did not require, that protests on Wednesday take place before dark. Jackson said that police would not interfere with protests after dark unless they turned violent or blocked traffic. A prayer march was planned for Wednesday afternoon, organized by a local church.

At a separate news conference, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch pledged a "full, fair, complete and impartial investigation" and said all information would be released to the public after it is presented to a grand jury — whether or not charges are filed.



— Erin McClam