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CHELSEA -- Governor Deval Patrick said Tuesday morning that he was “not surprised, but still disappointed” by a grand jury’s decision in Missouri not to indict a white police officer in the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in August.

“I’m thinking about the Brown family, who I’m sure are reliving this tragedy,” Patrick said at the Chelsea Collaborative.

They are not alone, he said, recalling the 2010 killing of a college student from Easton who was fatally shot by police after a Pace University football game in 2010.

“I’m thinking about other families like DJ Henry’s who are reliving their own tragedies, their own anguish,’’ he said.

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Patrick also said that his thoughts and prayers are with the people and police of Ferguson, Mo.,

“I understand the incredible anguish of that community and other communities who don’t feel understood by law enforcement, and I understand that a lot of law enforcement don’t feel understood by the communities they serve,” he said.

Patrick was in Chelsea to promote environmental justice across the state.


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