Transcript for Brown Family 'Appalled' By Release of Surveillance Video, Says Attorney
accounts of the dramatic protests and unrest here in this normally quiet suburb. Including this riveting story from a local leader who has watched it all from day one. When I walked through town with St. Louis alderman Antonio French, everyone wanted to shake his hand. Antonio! How are you? Reporter: He became a folk hero after he drove into Ferguson to take videos of police actions. And ended up in jail. Is there a reason? He said because I didn't listen. Reporter: We walked the path from the makeshift memorial to the so-called ground zero of the unrest following the killing, the quick trip gas station on west florist avenue.2zik %I then he took us back to where it all started. Where it ended for 18-year-old Michael brown. Michael brown's body lay there for two hours? Most of the day? Close to five hours. Reporter: Five hours. Yeah, close to five hours. Reporter: And what really incited things? That night, this had become a memorial site. Which included rose petals and little candles. Right on the site where his body lay.ñi&]fj over the course, a dumpster back behind the apartments, somebody put some barbecue charcoals in there and it caught on fire. The fire truck came down and they had officers with them. And they started putting out the fire. They had those officers stationed on top of the fire truck. Some people started shouting at the officers. They called for backup. And all of a sudden, over a dozen more police cars came flying down here. It just lined up, flashing lights. Got out with the dogs to get the crowd back. It agitated them more. Joining us now, Dr. Cedrick Alexander from the national organization for black law enforcement. He's the public safety director of the DeKalb county police department in Georgia and came to Ferguson at the request of police chief Jackson. What have you talked about with him? A lot of the controversy has centered around him. Yes, right. He and I have had an opportunity to have a number of in-depth conversations about what's been occurring over the last week. And he certainly agrees there have been some missteps that he has made. But really, the thrust of the conversations we have had has been around how do his department begin to develop a relationship with the community? As they move forward. And it is clear, and I think from WHA being evidenced continually, what is a lack of communication between police and community. I have to say. I saw something yesterday. Not only the lack of communication but the lack of diversity. I was at the site where Michael brown was killed. Mm-hmm. 11 police cars rolled in there yesterday. Right by that memorial. Uh huh. One black officer. They said they were answering a call. There was no communication with the community when they came in at a very sensitive time. How do you change that state of mind and the diversity? That is an observation clearly made. Everyone across the country clearly sees that. One of the things he and I talked about is that he has to find a way, along with his city leadership, is how do they begin to diversify that department that is more representative of that community as well. That will occur over time. They're going to have to develop a strategic plan in order to deal with that, because even when you talk with people in the community, that is one of the first things that comes to mind. It is a department that has 55 officers, only 3 -- only 3 are black. That's what they're saying. Communicate. You have to communicate that. You have to sit with the community. Come up with a strategy of how to recruit persons of color, to come into that organization as attrition takes place. It becomes increasingly important that they start to talk to each other, communicate with each other. That has not clearly been the case whatsoever. And again, we see that evidenced every day. It seems like they have a long way to go. It could take a lot of time. It will take time. It certainly is going to take some time. But it is doable. And it can be done. Thank you very much for joining us. Thank you for having me. Now another look at the growing memorial marking the spot where Michael brown was shot and killed. The street is quiet this morning. There will be another rally here later today. Members of Michael brown's family will be there and so will our next guest, a brown family attorney, Anthony gray. Mr. Gray, you're a local attorney. You know the family. What do you expect today? With the family? What do they want to do today? They want to reiterate their call for calm and peace while we G urge for a fair and impartial investigation.ógçk÷érbq8k[ no one was given the opportunity to authenticate it was Mike brown Jr. In the video. But they believe it is? They haven't examined it for that purpose. There's no reason not to believe that it's him. Much like when you identify someone who is deceased, you have a family member that come in and make a positive I.D. They have not had the opportunity to do that. What do you think investigators should be doing that they're not? I don't know. Because I'm not sure what they're doing. It's hard to criticize when I don't know what's going on at the present moment. I can only hope they're conducting a fair and impartial investigation. That they're being thorough, that they're being complete, unbiased. And that the results of the investigation would depict that. That is our hope. That is my hope for the investigators. And that's what the family hopes for. Okay. We thank you very much for your thoughts. And the family there at the rally this afternoon. I was at the memorial yesterday. It is a very moving spot indeed.
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