FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)- “I want the truth and you want the truth. This community cannot heal itself until we know the facts and give justice a chance,” said St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley as he addressed a crowd Monday morning at the Ferguson Police Department where a press conference was held following the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Dooley is saddened by the actions of Sunday night. He doesn’t believe this was the proper way to pay respect to the memory of Michael Brown.
Brown,18, was shot and killed by police Saturday afternoon in the Canfield Green apartments.
“We are better than this. Justice is not swift, revenge is.”
He wants the public to know that this is about keeping people safe although he understands their frustration and concerns.
He is asking for everyone to “be calm, be patient and be careful.”
St. Louis County Police Department Chief Jon Belmar says the police force realized they could no longer stand on West Florissant and watch the looting happen.
Belmar took into account that emotions were running high. Thirty-two arrests were made during the looting Sunday night. No injuries or fatalities were reported. Their hopes are to keep the entire St. Louis region safe. Belmar is asking for the public to be peaceful as the investigation takes time. Although demonstrator’s have requested that the officer’s name be released, Belmar says it is the Ferguson Police Department’s responsibility.
The St. Louis County Police Department issued its condolences to Mrs. Leslie McSpadden and the family of Michael Brown.
Michael Brown’s autopsy was performed Sunday morning. No further information has been released.
Dooley, appreciates the chief’s quick response along with other agencies who are involved in the investigation.
The chief doesn’t have a problem with those who want to peacefully protest. He has confidence in the community. Their plan is to move forward.
The Department of Justice along with the FBI will conduct a separate investigation into Brown’s murder.