ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights veteran Andrew Young is apologizing for referring to some people who are demonstrating against police violence as “brats.”


In this March 9, 1965 file photo, Andrew Young, from left, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., look on as a federal marshal reads a court order halting a planned voter registration protest march in Selma, Ala. The Georgia NAACP is criticizing civil rights icon Andrew Young for calling some demonstrators “unlovable little brats” in a speech to Atlanta officers, saying Young should instead join the protesters in demanding police reform. Young made the comments while meeting with Atlanta police officers at a police station over the weekend. He gave a morale-boosting talk to the officers and thanked them for their efforts during recent Atlanta demonstrations after black men were killed by officers in Louisiana and Minnesota.(AP Photo, File)

Young tells WSB-TV ( he didn’t mean to offend demonstrators. And the former U.N. ambassador says his own granddaughter told him she was ashamed of him.

Young made the original comments in a talk to Atlanta police that the department posted online. Young told officers that some people protesting police violence against blacks are “unlovable little brats.” He then told officers they must try to love and understand the demonstrators anyway.

The Georgia NAACP criticized the remarks, saying Young was denigrating legitimate protest. And the head of a group that organized demonstrations in Atlanta called them belittling.

Young says he apologizes if he got “over emotional” about the issue.