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We return our attention now to Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed black teenager was killed last month by a white police officer, sparking protests and continuing unrest, up to and including last night.
It started Tuesday night with gunshots and looting, after fire destroyed an impromptu shrine to Michael Brown. Then, yesterday, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson issued a video apology to the Brown family, nearly six weeks after the shooting.
THOMAS JACKSON, Chief, Ferguson Police Department:
I’m truly sorry for the loss of your son. I’m also sorry that it took so long to remove Michael from the street. The time that it took involved very important work on the part of investigators who were trying to collect evidence and gain a true picture of what happened that day. But it was just too long, and I’m truly sorry for that.
Last night, Jackson emerged, in civilian clothes, and marched with protesters. But a fight broke out, and, in the end, seven people were arrested, all of this, as a grand jury continues investigating Brown’s death.
Saint Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said this week the panel should finish by early November.