WASHINGTON -- Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson seemed "remorseless" and "cold" in his grand jury testimony about killing 18-year-old Michael Brown, St. Louis Alderman Antonio French said Sunday.
In an interview with Martha Raddatz on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” on ABC News, French said a lot of Wilson's answers "sounded like they were prepared by a lawyer" and that he did not sound as if he was sorry that Brown died.
"What I worry is that as we said back in August, that the way this trial, this grand jury process was being carried out ... by the county prosecutor, that it really does not give what the community needs in order to move forward," French said. "No closure, no resolve, and in fact, just creates more anger."
French also said that he did not believe law enforcement officials who said they could not have predicted the massive destruction that took place on Monday night on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson after the announcement that a grand jury would not indict Wilson in Brown's shooting. French, whose organization Heal STL had rented out a storefront along West Florissant that was burned to the ground on Monday night, said police failed to grasp how serious the situation was.
"We’ve been talking for weeks about this, and that we really had a powder keg here," French said. "And so for the county prosecutor to decide to release the grand jury announcement at nighttime, for the governor to pre-emptively call a state of emergency and call in the National Guard, yet no one deployed them to West Florissant or other areas that have been hit repeatedly by violence, it really showed a failure to grasp the situation and to handle it on the part of government."
"And so the fires that we saw, that violence that we saw, was unfortunate. It is -- it really hurts our hearts. We’ve gone through a tough week here, but we know that a lot of people were very angry and we knew a lot of people were coming from other places. So we should have been prepared for this."
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