Sacramento mayor clarifies his comments about Ferguson decision

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson spent Tuesday evening clearing the air about recent comments he made about the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.

At a community meeting held Monday night, Johnson didn't hide his opinion about the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

"I'm obviously disappointed by the grand jury's verdict," Johnson said Monday night. "We may quibble and debate about the details of what happened in Ferguson on Aug. 9. What there is no controversy about is the fact that an injustice occurred.

The Sacramento Police Officer Association and its president, Dustin Smith, took issue with Johnson's comments calling the remarks a slap in the face.

"When you make broad strokes with your brush, then you start to paint all of law enforcement or all police as potentially having these issues, and it brings it right back home to Sacramento," Smith said.

Johnson said he held a meeting with police officers and sheriff''s deputies to clarify his comments. He said the words were taken out of context and he has the utmost respect for the men and women who serve and protect the community.

"What they needed to hear from me is that what happened in Ferguson was not an indictment of police officers everywhere and especially not Sacramento, not the intent and not the case," Johnson said.

Smith said they were able to exchange their opinions in the 40-minute meeting and they have a better understanding of each other.

"I would describe the meeting as fruitful," Smith said. "I believe that we were able to not just understand each others' perspectives but how we communicate moving forward."


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