FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 24, 2014
CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
Tompkins urges peaceful assembly by those wishing to express their views on today's decision
Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins released the following statement today following reports that a Missouri grand jury has reached a decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown in this past August:
“Like many people in Suffolk County, I have been following the events that have unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri since Michael Brown was killed in August. The shooting of an unarmed African–American teenager by a police officer and the protests that followed have sparked a healthy national conversation, and today’s announcement will likely lead to public assemblies in Suffolk County and around the nation.
I want to urge those citizens who choose to express their opinions on today’s decision to remember that it is your constitutional right to do so and your civic obligation to do so peacefully. Michael Brown will be remembered as much for what happens next as for what has already happened. Let’s not add to the Brown family’s pain by besmirching Michael’s legacy with unnecessary foolishness.
Suffolk County is a long way from Ferguson, Missouri, and even though we still have work to do, our law enforcement agencies are leading the nation in criminal justice reform.”