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The release of surveillance video that allegedly shows Michael Brown committing a strong-arm robbery minutes before he was killed has angered his family.
The family called a press conference and aired their grievances through their attorney, Anthony Gray.
"We're here to talk about the latest events that have come out in the media and [Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson's] decision to release the still pictures and the video," Gray said. "The family feels that was strategic. They think it was aimed at denigrating their son. It was a character assassination attempt."
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson
Gray added that things could once again erupt into violent protests because of the way Jackson handled the situation.
"At a time when the highway patrol has been called in, where we got a calm going on in the community," Gray added. "We're finally reaching a point where things have settled down he's now inciting the community all over again. If you get this kind of negative, violent reaction to this it won't be on anybody's part on this side."
Brown was unarmed when he was shot multiple times and killed by police officer Darren Wilson on Saturday, August 9th.
Protesters are already lining the streets Friday, August 15. Authorities are hoping things remain peaceful.