Anonymous said: What is happening in ferguson exactly? I know a young man got shot, and then there was some kind of protest.
A boy named Michael Brown (he was either 17 or 18, I’ve seen both ages numerous times) was walking with a friend. The Ferguson police initially reported that Brown had stolen from a local convenience store, however the convenience store denies this claim. So then the police reported that Brown was being combative in the police car, however witnesses claim he was never in a police car.
The story of the police keeps changing. The only story that seems to be consistent is that of the people who witnessed the incident. Apparently Brown and his friend were told to “get the fuck on the sidewalk” by an officer. Then the officer grabbed Brown by the neck, then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him point blank on the right side of his body. Brown and his friend tried to run (and I don’t blame him, I would’ve run too if I’d just been shot for no reason). The officer then shot Brown in the back, which prompted Brown to put his hands in the air and say, “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” The officer then gunned down an unarmed boy.
It’s worth mentioning that Michael Brown had just graduated high school and was about to begin college. This is an amazing accomplishment that should not go unrecognized.
As a result of this completely unjustified crime, about 100 people went to the police station to engage in a peaceful protest. The police reacted to this by sending in K9s, tear gas, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. It is a fact that the mere presence of police at a protest can cause things to escalate, then add in the fact that the police essentially enacted martial law on the protesters. The protest eventually got out of hand with vandalism, looting, and rioting. The media is trying to portray the situation as: protesters get violent, police react with necessary force. However, according to witness and video account, the police reacted first. At the risk of sounding like a seven-year-old, the police started it.
To me, it seems that this is a very clear-cut case of institutionalized racism, gross violation of human rights, and the enforcement of martial law. It’s all quite terrifying to be honest.
I can’t believe this right now!