The family of slain Missouri teen Michael Brown released an anti-violence statement on Thursday.
"We reject any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement," their statement reads. "It cannot and will not be tolerated."
The family's remarks are in response to the overnight shooting of two police officers during a Ferguson protest. Both officers survived the attack and the investigation into the shooting is ongoing -- meanwhile, the incident evoked severe condemnation from both President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.
St. Louis alderman and Ferguson protest leader Antonio French described the Missouri neighborhood's tense climate at this time, "Everyone is surprised by the violence last night and saddened. Our hearts go out to the families of the two officers. This really shows how divided the community is and how vulnerable we all are."
The statement was released by Adner Marcelin, Communications Manager and Law Clerk for Parks & Crump, LLC, which is the law firm representing the Brown family.
Read the statement in its entirety below:
The family of Michael Brown, Jr. condemns this morning’s senseless shooting of two Ferguson police officers.
We reject any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement. It cannot and will not be tolerated.
We specifically denounce the actions of stand-alone agitators who unsuccessfully attempt to derail the otherwise peaceful and non-violent movement that has emerged throughout this nation to confront police brutality and to forward the cause of equality under the law for all.
We must work together to bring peace to our communities.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the officers injured during this morning’s shooting and their families.