Man Handling Public Relations For Ferguson Is A Convicted Killer
Devin Sean James, who is overseeing public relations for Ferguson, Missouri, after the police shooting of Michael Brown, once shot and killed an unarmed man.
James handled the video statement released Thursday in which Ferguson police Chief Thomas Jackson apologized to Brown’s family and protesters in the town.
According to the St. Louis Dispatch, officials in Ferguson were aware of James’ conviction before they signed a contract with him, Mayor James Knowles III said Thursday.
James’ story of coming out of gangs and drugs to found a company has been inspiring and has given city officials an invaluable perspective, Knowles said.
“We haven’t put it out there because he’s not the story,” Knowles said.
According to a spokeswoman for the partnership agency who is paying his bills, she was unaware of his conviction until Thursday.
It was about two hours later that Katie Jamboretz of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, said the agency was severing ties with James.
James was convicted of reckless homicide in Shelby County, Tenn., in 2006. James said he believed the man was trying to rob him in 2004 when he shot him. His 5-year probation ended in March of this year, after serving 90 days detention as well.
Just like Michael Brown isn’t given the benefit of the doubt, neither is Mr. James. At least not in Ferguson. Maybe he’ll catch the irony in that after spending countless hours trying to clean up Ferguson’s image.
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