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Ferguson Takes it Back to the 1960’s

Riot police clear demonstrators from a street in Ferguson

Michael Brown, an unarmed, 18 year old African American teenager, was shot and killed by white police officer, Darren Wilson, last August in Ferguson, Missouri. Even after Michael was cowered on the ground, Wilson continued to shoot him about three more times. Had this been a white man that was shot, all hell would have broke loose. There is absolutely no justification for shooting Michael Brown, let alone six times. What is even more alarming than his shooting is how the Ferguson police and media are handling it.

After being shot, Michael Brown’s body was left in the street for four hours. There is no definite reason as to why the officer stopped Michael Brown in the first place, other than the fact that he was black. Officer Wilson claims Michael Brown was trying to attack him in his vehicle, but according to multiple eyewitnesses, that wasn’t the case at all. According to the witnesses Michael Brown and his friend were approached by Darren Wilson, who grabbed Michael Brown’s arm and pulled him into his car. Then, Michael Brown was shot once, and the two went running, in fear for their life, and Brown was shot five more times.

When a group of people went to peacefully protest the police station, the authorities responded with rubber bullets, smoke bombs, mace, and tanks. Riots and chaos broke out as a direct result. The authorities also banned the press from Fergusson, leaving social media as the only source of updates. However, the good thing about having websites like Vine, Twitter, and, Facebook, is that they allow us to see the reality in Ferguson.

Officer Darren Wilson’s name was protected following the shooting, and he was put on paid leave. Like stated before, had this been a white man that got shot, the officer would have been immediately dismissed, but since this happened to an African American male, people just don’t care. People tend to believe that since an individual is black they must be the aggressor in the situation and don’t think twice about it.

Despite Michael Brown having absolutely no criminal background, the media seemed to paint him as a “thug.” The news seems to skip over the fact that he was a high school graduate, who would have been starting college later that month.

Ferguson has been nothing but a further example of how racism is still alive and well. Darren Wilson has not been arrested and is still on paid leave. Michael Brown is not the first to fall victim to police brutality against people of color, and certainly won’t be the last.

Photo Credit- http://www.slate.com/

 

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