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Michael Brown's Family Attorney And Al Sharpton Denounce Grand Jury Process And Ferguson Riots

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Al Sharpton speaks at a press conference the day after a grand jury decides not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr.

Michael Brown's family attorneys held a press conference Tuesday, one day after a grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of the Ferguson teen.

Attorneys Benjamin Crump and Anthony Gray were joined by civil rights leader Al Sharpton. All three denounced both the process that let Wilson walk free and the prosecutor in the case, Robert McCulloch.

Crump took the podium first, saying:

"We strenuously objected to this prosecutor and this process … This process is broken. The process should be indicted."

Gray was equally critical of the grand jury process:

"We want equal process. We want justice."

Gray later asked viewers to "hold out hope" for further investigations, strongly suggesting that the Browns would file a wrongful death civil suit.

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Michael Brown Jr.'s father Michael Sr. — who wore a "No Justice No Peace" t-shirt — was expected to speak, but did not. "He doesn't want to misspeak because of such emotions that are going through him that will later be held against him," Crump explained.

The night before, Brown's stepfather Louis Head incited rioters by standing atop a car and shouting, "Burn this bitch down." Over a dozen local properties were looted, vandalized, or destroyed after the grand jury's decision was made public by McCulloch. Al Sharpton addressed the violence, which he called "destructive":

"We condemn the violence and looting that happened last night, but we also condemn the violence that happened on Aug. 9 … If you're on Michael Brown's side, you walk with dignity. If you're on Michael Brown's side, you stand up with pride. If you do anything to harm others, you're on your own side."

Crump decried Head's words, saying they were a result of "raw emotion" and "not appropriate at all."

As a final call to action, Crump reiterated the Brown family's request for peaceful protest and asked for legislation that all police officers carry body cameras for full transparency.

[Image via AP Images.]

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11 comments to “Michael Brown's Family Attorney And Al Sharpton Denounce Grand Jury Process And Ferguson Riots”

  1. bob says – reply to this



  2. 2

    would it be a better situation having only black police officers patrolling their neighborhood? do you think this would have ended differently?

  3. joe says – reply to this


    Sharpton just needs to kill himself. He is the hate monger, he is what is keeping the black people down. The parents didnt care about that kid and now they just want money

  4. ohmy says – reply to this


    So sick of their excuses to act like thugs and blame everyone else but themselves.

  5. kate says – reply to this



  6. texasannie says – reply to this


    these idiots backed the wrong criminal and now they want to change the rules. Screw Michael Brown, he's dead due to himself. I'm sorry his parents raised a piece of shit. Sharpton is a racist moron and always inserts himself into a situation that has nothing to do with him. I do feel bad for all the regular, innocent folks in Ferguson to have to put up with this crap. As for the looters, I hope they all get in prison or shot dead themselves. That the US media is making so much of this criminal being shot for attacking a police officer is just sick and sad.

  7. 7

    I think Al Sharpton is evil, I don't see what's so hard to understand, if you attack a cop you are going to get beat up or shot.

  8. MichJB says – reply to this


    Just like Sharpton - he can always find a way to inject himself into a situation just to be on camera. For a preacher, he spends way too much time stirring up hatred instead of trying to solve problems. He's Jesse Jackson Light.

  9. fid says – reply to this


    Al Sharpton makes everything worse.

  10. 10

    I know next to nothing about this story other than occasional snippets, But IMO any time these so called black leaders like Al Sharpton or other get involed, they do nothing to diffuse any tensions. Again JMO.

  11. Dave says – reply to this


    Michael Brown was an 18 year old thug who obviously learned plenty from his father..who told folks to burn the town down. He told people to burn businesses owned by African Americans. Michael Brown's father is a disgrace!