Michael Brown, Sr., just issued this statement, asking everyone involved to respond peacefully to the decision of the Grand Jury considering the shooting death of his teenage son.
Hello, my name is Michael Brown, Sr. My family and I are hurting; our whole region is hurting.
I thank you for lifting your voices to end racial profiling and police intimidation. But hurting others and destroying property is not the answer.
No matter what the Grand Jury decides, I do not want my son’s death to be in vain. I want it to lead to incredible change; positive change. Change that makes the St. Louis region better for everyone.
We live here together. This is our home. We’re stronger united. Continue to lift your voices with us and let’s work together to heal to create lasting change for all people, regardless of race.
The Grand Jury is meeting for what’s reported to be the last time Friday, and the decision on whether there’s any criminality on the part of Officer Darren Wilson will be included in the report.
The Grand Jury is expected to meet for the last time today before issuing its findings. Supporters of the Brown family are hoping Officer Darren Wilson will be indicted in Michael, Jr.’s death. Political activists on the left have called for “Direct Action” if the Grand Jury fails to indict. Local St. Louis area KKK groups have also threatened violence in retaliation against protestors.
The elder Brown believes his son was killed without provocation. In a recent interview with MSNBC, he talked about this, and about the pain he is living with:
An arrest for me would be justice.
To be honest, it’s a whole lot on my back now. It’s a situation where I’m not going to never heal in the inside. I can get by maybe day by day. People probably look and see me, probably think that I’m doing OK and I’m really not.
It’s just something I have to work on, just stay prayed up and be positive to people around the world and other folks, the people that need me to be strong with them, because we have a lot of support and I have to be strong for other people, too.
I get my strength from a higher power. It’s hard to explain because I actually don’t even know how I’m moving around, but He does. It’s pretty hard. It’s just hard, it’s hard, it’s hard.
Despite his own belief about what happened to his son, a grieving father has called for restraint. For that, he deserves great respect.