Most people were stunned by the Ferguson Police Chief's latest remarks, made at a press conference on Thursday.
"I'm at least happy that nobody's gotten seriously injured," Police Chief Thomas Jackson told stunned reporters.
"We have to respond to deadly force," he said. "We certainly don't want to have any violence on our part."
His words have generated an almost totally hostile response from the public and press.
Numerous sources have brought forward evidence that the police force HAS seriously hurt protestors. And many people claim that the only people offering deadly force in Ferguson were police officers, not protestors. Here are some of the reactions:
Hard not to be angry listening to bullsh*t coming out of mouth of Ferguson Police chief Jackson. #coveringhisass- DaelikJustDaelik (@thebadmachine11) August 14, 2014
"The media is not a target" says #Ferguson police chief. Despite journos getting arrested, tear-gassed, cleared out of working areas.- Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) August 14, 2014
#Ferguson Police Chief: "The tactical units will be out there" if there are problems. Reporters note they were out there before any issues.- Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) August 14, 2014
Good luck with that, you guys > Police to citizens: Be careful what you tweet http://t.co/sCf7z4sBi9- Sergio Bichao (@sbichao) August 14, 2014