Over the past month in Ferguson, Missouri, a small section in St. Louis, there has been an ongoing investigation on the shooting of Michael Brown. According to various news articles, on August 9, 2014 Darren Wilson, a Caucasian police officer, approached two African American males, Michael Brown and a friend Dorian Johnson and ordered them to move out of the street and onto the sidewalk. After the orders were given, there was an altercation between Michael and Officer Wilson that later resulted in a shot being fired and Michael and Dorian fleeing. Officer Wilson then left his vehicle to approach Michael shooting and killing him on the scene. Some witnesses recalled Michael surrendering with his hands up but Wilson still proceeded to shot.
A day after the shooting there were peaceful protests, civil disorders and looting that lasted for several days. Flowers and candles were scattered over the bloodstains on the pavement. That night, according to Mother Jones, a police officer allowed his dog to urinate on the memorial and it was later crushed as police drove over and through it. These incidents inflamed tensions in the community…(Follman). Local police stations assembled approximately 150 officers in riot gear. At least 12 businesses were looted or vandalized, and a gas station was also set on fire, leading to over 30 arrests (Baker). I believe the city of Ferguson reacted as such because after the shooting, there were several days gone by while key questions remained unanswered. Furthermore, this isn’t the first account in Ferguson where an unarmed African American male was killed by an officer.
If there is going to be any solution, I believe it should start with hearing what the people of Ferguson has to say about the incident. In addition, there should be a law presented so things as such will not happen again. I found that not only is this current event dealing with the violations of human rights’, but also the people who are suffering from the rise of ISIS.