I’m sorry that the return of this blog has to start off with a tragedy, but this is an incredibly important issue that needs to be addressed immediately.
Warning: What follows is incredibly disturbing, violent, and worst of all, true. I’ll give you a short summary of the events- an 18yo African American boy named Michael Brown was shot to death by police officers in uniform for allegedly stealing candy. People gathered in the streets to protest his murder, and chaos ensued as the police force brought in attack dogs, tear gas, and rubber bullets. The police force of Ferguson is trying to keep this quiet, but I urge you- please spread the news of the tragic events going on in Ferguson right now.
On to the details.
On Saturday, August 9th, of 2014, Michael Brown was shot 10 times by police officers in St. Louis, Missouri. According to witness Isaac Daniels, “He was shot in the chest twice by a cop that was shooting from his vehicle. The young man [referring to Mike Brown] then threw his arms in the air & said please don’t do this repeatedly until he was shot in the head.” This was posted on Isaac Daniels’ Facebook page. The murder took place right outside Daniels’ apartment. The candy store that it was rumored Michael stole from had experienced no theft. Reports were later placed saying that Mike Brown was unarmed and had been shot for jaywalking.
Let me repeat that.
Shot. For jaywalking.
My friends and I jaywalk on the streets around school, and I have done so many times with family as well. I would never be shot for jaywalking, however, and there are two reasons for this: First, the police force in my area is not nearly as corrupt, and second, because I’m Caucasian. Murders of African Americans by police men are a disgusting pattern that is unfortunately growing in America, and it boils down to racial profiling and the blatant racism and corrupt state of America’s law enforcement.
The racism continued as peaceful protests began in the streets on August 10th. The protesters chanted, “No justice, no peace” but the media turned them into lies and claimed they were chanting “Kill the police.” They were doing no such thing, of course, but police men took to the unarmed crowds with attack dogs, shotguns, and tear gas. Tear gas is a chemical weapon that is banned in war, yet the police in Ferguson are using it on peaceful protesters. No 911 calls were answered in Ferguson.
After days of police brutality against the protesters, Captain Johnston stepped in to stop the violence. He told the protesters he would march with them.
On April 17th, however, he broke his promise. He had insisted in a press conference that methods such as tear gas, rubber bullets, and military vehicles would not be used, but instead the police force instituted a curfew, and when protesters were caught after dark, the police shot them with CS smoke.
Journalists and photographers in Ferguson have also been attacked. A journalist operating a livestream for people to document Ferguson caught on camera a cop threatening to shoot him in the face.
They’re tear gassing children out there. They’re tear gassing neighborhoods of people who haven’t been involved with protests.
On August 23rd it was realized that the People of Ferguson have the power to fire the entire police force… whatever that means. We’re still confused. Honestly, I hope they do.
Mike Brown was a hero. The police force is trying to paint him as a criminal. Witnesses state that Mike Brown told his friend to run while he took the bullets. This boy was two days away from college. He was shot because of Darren Wilson, a racial profiler, corrupt policeman, and Darren Wilson is now currently on paid leave. Paid for murdering a young man.
Now, schools are banning discussions of Mike Brown’s death. News stations are calling him a young criminal thug. Police outside of Ferguson are being incredibly disrespectful by letting dogs urinate on Brown’s memorial sites.
Post this weekend will be about what you can do to help.