Modern Day Protest for Mike Brown (THE REVOLUTION WILL BE TELEVISED)

If you are not up to date with world news, then you may not know who Michael Brown is. For those of you who don’t, let me enlighten you. Michael Brown was 18 years old and recently graduated from high school before he was gunned down by police officer Darren Wilson.

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On August 9 at 11:51 a.m., Ferguson police received a call about a robbery at a police store. As police responded, the saw a male who fit the description of the robber: Michael Brown. Michael Brown and his friend, Dorian Johnson, were walking when police stopped them. At 12:01, unarmed Michael Brown was shot 6 times in his back by officer Darren Wilson. According to Ferguson police report, Brown and Officer Wilson had a”physical confrontation” over Wilson’s gun. However, Brown’s parents believe this to be untrue. According to eyewitness Piaget Crenshaw, “They shot him and he fell. He put his arms up to let them know that he was compliant and he was unarmed, and they shot him twice more and he fell to the ground and died” (http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-ferguson-witness-accounts-20140821-story.html). According to Dorian Johnson, Officer Wilson yanked Brown into his car window and Brown struggled to get away. Wilson’s pulled out his gun threatening to shoot both of the teens. They began to run but gun got wounded. He held his hands up surrendering but he was then shot to death. Autopsy confirms that Michael Brown was shot 6 times.

Soon after his unlawful death, the Ferguson community began to protest and once the entire world heard this story, they helped the Ferguson community get his story out there. For the past two weeks, Ferguson and other cities have been protesting and asking that Office Wilson be arrested. The protesting hasn’t always been peaceful. The National Guard was sent to Ferguson to keep the peace between protesters and police.

 

According to NBCNews, 2 hours ago Officer Wilson was admitted to the hospital because of  the physical encounter with Brown. One question arises, if Wilson was truly injured, why wasn’t he admitted on the 9th instead of the 21st?

 

 

Ferguson, Missouri has a population of 21, 203. CNN reported that there are 47 white police officers and only 3 black. To those living in Ferguson, this is no surprise because many believe that Ferguson has been dealing with racial tension for a while. However, the population of people is predominantly Black but the law enforcement are predominantly White (http://online.wsj.com/articles/missouri-community-seeks-answers-about-police-shooting-of-teen-1407939862). Some may refer to this as White supremacy taken over but whatever racial differences that are going on in Ferguson one thing is for sure, another Black male has been sent to his maker way too early.

J.Cole visiting the place where Michael died in Ferguson 

 

Michael isn’t the only Black person who has been killed by police. On July 17, Staten Island police killed 43-year-old Eric Garner after he refused to be handcuffed for a crime he didn’t commit. Many people video taped the incident and it soon went viral. The video is featured on this blog. I must say that it is saddening, painful, and hurtful to see someone’s left taken. He was a dad and now his children get to witness their father being killed. Why didn’t the police stop when he said “I can’t breathe,” “I can’t breathe.”

 

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Eric Garner

 

Sometimes I wonder why some people fear black skin so much. It does not just hate that leads to death but it’s also fear.

 

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