Attempt To Calm Tensions Over Fatal Shooting Of Michael Brown Backfires

Suzanne Robertson
Protesters clashed with police hours after Police Chief issued an apology to Michael Brown's parents.

Well this didn't go well. 

Six weeks after the shooting of unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Police Chief Thomas Jackson issued a video apology to Brown's parents.

"I'm truly sorry for the loss of your son." he said. Jackson continued, "I'm also sorry that it took so long to remove Michael from the street." 

However, the video did little, if anything, to calm a crowd Thursday night. Protestors clashed with police and violence broke out seconds after Jackson tried to join the crowd. 

"I don’t think he was marching with the protesters more than 30 seconds before the riot cops came out into the crowd and tried to get themselves closer to him and protect him," said Antonio French, a St. Louis elected official who has been following demonstrations since the August shooting.   "Just them being out there pushing started stuff — it’s a complete misread of the situation. His very presence agitated the crowd."  French supports calls for Jackson's resignation. 

Early Friday morning, police declared the protests an "unlawful assembly" and ordered the crowd to leave.

“Show me what democracy looks like. This is what democracy looks like," chanted the crowd in front of a long line of police.  The demonstration led to several arrests, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.