On August 9, 2014, unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was African-American, was shot several times and killed by a yet-unnamed police officer, as Brown and his friend, Dorian Johnson, age 22, were walking to Brown’s grandmother’s house. The incident occurred in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri.
The officer apparently stopped the two young men and ordered them off of the street and onto the sidewalk. Some sort of an altercation ensued, but at any rate, the first shot was fired from within the police vehicle, the young men fled, and the officer pursued them, firing several shots at them as they were fleeing, killing Brown.
Michael Brown was a high school graduate with no criminal record, and was about to begin college.
On August 10, vigils were held that began peacefully, but when police began to show up in riot gear, the protesters escalated in frustration, and began, to confront police.
Since that time, there have been several developments relating to the refusal of police to release the identity of the shooter. As the situation in the streets escalated, the FAA briefly declared a no-fly zone over the St. Louis suburb. The Missouri State troopers have taken over security in Ferguson. The ACLU has filed Sunshine Law requests, to identify the officer who killed Michael Brown.
From a Livestream last night, here is what happened to a group of peaceful protestors, who had their hands in the air, and were unarmed.
What do you think about what is going on in Ferguson, Missouri? Please share thoughts, and updates, links as you see them, because this is an unfolding situation. I find the situation in Ferguson to be heartbreaking, but also, police militarization is out of control there and elsewhere. Also, the African-American civil rights movement began in 1954. That was 60 years ago. What does a situation like this, because the officer who killed the fleeing and unarmed teen was reportedly white, have to say about the progress of it?