(FERGUSON, Mo.) — The family of Michael Brown, the teenager shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson on Saturday, released a statement in response to a police report made public on Friday, alleging that the report was “intended to assassinate the character of their son.”
In the statement, released through the family’s attorneys, the family says it is “beyond outraged” at the manner in which the report was released.
“There is nothing based on the facts that have been placed before us that can justify the execution style murder of their child by this police officer as he held his hands up, which is the universal sign of surrender,” the statement reads.
Criticizing the delay in releasing the name of the officer and information pertaining to a robbery in which Brown was allegedly a suspect, the family notes the “distrust for the local law enforcement agencies” that the community feels.
“It is no way transparent to release the still photographs alleged to be Michael Brown and refuse to release the photographs of the officer that executed him,” the statement says.
The family also pointedly stated that the police “attempting to blame the victim” won’t “divert [their] attention,” calling the incident the “brutal execution of an unarmed teenager.”
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