“When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence” John Lennon
This quote by John Lennon is an absolute fact and it is all I have had in mind since I woke up to hear this news today. Please read more below about the Ferguson mayhem and let us know your thoughts.
“Michael Brown was shot by a police officer, Darren Wilson, on 9 August, sparking protests. Many in the African American community had called for Mr Wilson to be charged with murder, but following lengthy deliberations a grand jury made no recommendation of charges”. President Barack Obama joined the teenager’s family on Monday in appealing for calm, urging Americans to accept the decision was “the grand jury’s to make”.
Mr Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, is comforted by supporters in Ferguson
Mr Brown’s family said in a statement: “We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.” But they also appealed for calm, saying, “Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference,” and calling for all police to wear body cameras. Mr Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, wept at news of the jury’s decision as she was comforted by supporters outside the police station in Ferguson.
According to the New York Times, she yelled “They wrong!”, pointing toward the police officers standing outside of the station. “Y’all know y’all wrong!” she shouted. Mr Brown’s family could yet file a wrongful-death lawsuit against Mr Wilson. Meanwhile, a justice ministry investigation is still under way into whether the police officer violated Mr Brown’s civil rights. Darren Wilson, 28, is currently on paid leave and has kept out of the public eye. The ministry is also investigating practices at the Ferguson police department.
Graduation photo of Michael Brown
Violence erupts in Ferguson after ‘no charge’ for killing was decided by the grand jury. Buildings were set on fire, protesters caused mayhem attacking police cars, shops and the media. Businesses were vandalized. Everyone is still shocked and angry that an unarmed black male is shot and the officer was not indicted by the grand jury.
Photo of Darren Wilson undergoing examination after the shooting
Darren Wilson’s Testimony
Mr Wilson says he tried to block Mr Brown and his friend with his police vehicle in connection with a robbery When he tried to open the car door, Mr Wilson says Mr Brown slammed it back shut. The officer says he then pushed Mr Brown with the door but was hit in the face by Mr Brown When he drew his gun, he says, Mr Brown grabbed it and insulted him A shot went through the police car window and Mr Brown stepped back, he says, but looked at him with the “most intense, aggressive face” He fired two more shots in the car before Mr Brown ran off, he says Mr Brown stopped, the officer says, and was told to get on the ground. Instead he advanced on Mr Wilson, putting his right hand under his shirt in the waistband of his trousers Mr Wilson opened fire on Mr Brown.