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FERGUSON, Mo. — One month ago tomorrow, Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo. For almost four hours on an August day in the middle of the afternoon, his body remained in the street.

There has been much criticism about the delay, and Calvin Whitaker, the funeral home director who was called to pick up and transport Brown’s body, said he was surprised at the criticism he’s heard.

He also explained the timeline, why it took so long, what he was doing for two hours after he arrived on the scene, and to whom Michael Brown’s family began to plead so that their son’s body could be removed from the street.

Watch his interview in the video player above, as Calvin Whitaker recounts his memories from Aug. 9.