President Barack Obama and Atlanta rapper Killer Mike have come forward with statements on the death of Missouri teenager Mike Brown.
President Obama spoke on behalf of himself and First Lady Michelle and acknowledged the widespread attention Brown’s death has caused.
“The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed. I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve.” (Statement)
Atlanta rapper Killer Mike posted a photo of Brown’s parents and asked for people to resist personal prejudices to demand justice.
“We are human beings. We deserve to be buried by our children not the other way around. No matter how u felt about black people look at this mother and look at this father and tell me as a human being how u cannot feel empathy for them. How can u not feel sympathy for their pain and loss. These are not ‘THOTS, n*ggas/n*ggers, h*es, Ballers, Divas.’ These two people are parents. They are humans that produced a child and loved that child and that child was slaughtered like Game and left face down as public spectacle while his blood drained down the street.” (Killer Mike’s Instagram)
Mike also took direct aim at the officer responsible for taking the teen’s life.
“I don’t care if others rioted or why. I don’t care that ballplayers and rappers are what they shud be. I care that we as humans care as much about one another more. I care we see past Class, race and culture and honor the humanity that unites our species. Stop talking and LOOK at these PEOPLE. LOOK at these HUMANS and stand with them against a system allows a Human PIG to slaughter their child. Forgive any typos love and respect u all.” (Killer Mike’s Instagram)
The now-publicized fatal shooting went down this past weekend.
The incident happened in a roadway Saturday afternoon near the Canfield Green Apartments in the 2900 block of Canfield. Witnesses tell News 4 that Brown was unarmed and had his hands in the air when he was shot multiple times by a Ferguson police officer. According to Dorin Johnson, a friend of Michael Brown, the officer told the two of them not to walk on the street, reached out and grabbed Brown. “[The officer] shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air,” said Johnson. “He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.” (KMOV)