From what I can tell, the facts of the Mike Brown case are this:
- Mike Brown, a black teen, was crossing the street in Ferguson, Missouri on his way to his grandmother’s house when an incident occurred.
- Mike Brown, a black teen scheduled to start college classes today, was shot multiple times by a police officer.
- Mike Brown’s body was left uncovered in the street for some time.
- A peaceful protest occurred when the neighborhood discovered what had happened, with people standing in the streets, with their hands in the air, shouting “No justice, no peace.”
More facts about the Mike Brown case:
- The police in Ferguson stated that they suspected Brown of stealing either candy from a store down the street, or maybe a $1 cigarette from the Kwik Trip. No reports are quite clear on this. Furthermore, both stores have reportedly denied any shoplifting occurred.
- It has been claimed that Brown fought back when the officers tried to place him in the back of the patrol car, and that no video or witnesses were present. However, multiple residents of the St. Louis suburb claim to have witnessed the horrific shooting, and did not keep silent about it on any social networking sites. Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook all have threads discussing the situation with those who saw it happen.
- Rioting began in the streets when the police reacted to the protesters, reporting to the media that the people were yelling “Kill the police!” and acting violently.
I don’t know what happened to Mike Brown. I don’t know what the police officers in Ferguson were thinking when they shot an unarmed teen multiple times. What I do know is that another young black man, with a promising future and fulfilling life ahead of him, has been taken away from his family in the most brutal way.
Some articles on the Mike Brown case:
“Residents of a suburb in St. Louis, Mo., took to the streets in protest Saturday after an officer killed an unarmed black teen, who was slated to begin college Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Details were sketchy about what exactly happened, but the St. Louis County Police Department is scheduled to hold a news conference early Sunday to discuss the incident that began about noon Saturday at the Canfield Green Apartment complex in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, reports USA Today.
The victim, Michael Brown, apparently was on his way to visit his grandmother when he was allegedly shot by the officer, according to his mother, Lesley McSpadden, Post-Dispatch reports. The officer’s name has not yet been released.
Piaget Crenshaw, 19, told the Post-Dispatch that she was waiting for a ride to work when she saw a police officer attempting to place Brown in the rear seat of a squad car.
“She then said she saw the teen, hands in the air, attempt to flee,” the Post-Dispatch writes. “Several shots hit Brown as he ran, Crenshaw said. She complied with a request that she give photos of the scene to authorities.”
Brown, who graduated this year from Normandy High School, was scheduled to begin classes at Vatterott College on Monday, the Post-Dispatch says.
The shooting touched off a vociferous protest in the community.
Hundreds of residents took to the streets in the St. Louis suburb, some shouting, “kill the police,” during a protest that lasted several hours, the Associated Press reports.
“Louis Head, Brown’s stepfather, held a sign that said: ‘Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!!!’,” writes the Post-Dispatch.”
Read full article here.
“FERGUSON, Mo., — The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Monday that it had opened an inquiry into the weekend shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer that sparked a night of looting and vandalism in this suburb of St. Louis.
Special Agent Cheryl Mimura, of the F.B.I.’s office in St. Louis, said that the agency had begun an investigation into possible civil rights violations connected to the death of Michael Brown, 18, who had been planning to begin college classes on Monday.
The circumstances of Mr. Brown’s death remained in sharp dispute two days after he was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, a city of about 21,000 northwest of St. Louis. The police have said an officer, who has not been identified, was “physically assaulted” before opening fire early Saturday afternoon. The authorities also said there had been a struggle “over the officer’s weapon.”
But critics have questioned the police’s account and demanded that the officer face prosecution.
On Monday, Chief Jon Belmar of the St. Louis County Police said that an autopsy had shown that Mr. Brown had been “struck several times by gunfire.”
Chief Belmar’s agency has been leading the investigation, and Special Agent Mimura said the county police would continue their work as the F.B.I. conducted its review.
At a news conference on Monday, Chief Belmar pleaded for the public’s patience.
“I understand that the public has a right to be skeptical, and I appreciate that and I would expect that the public be skeptical oftentimes of government or some forms of it,” he said. “But I would also ask the public to be reasonable because it takes a long time to make sure we do this investigation the right way.”
~By JULIE BOSMAN and ALAN BLINDER, nytimes.com
Read full article here.
“Following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, MO, social media exploded with photos, videos and calls for support.
The teen’s grandmother, Desiree Harris, reported seeing her grandson running through her neighborhood shortly before the shooting took place,according to the AP.
Brown was a recent high school graduate who was looking forward to starting his college career in less than a week, the teen’s mother,Lesley McSpadden told KSDK.
A spokesperson from the St. Louis County Police Department, who will conduct the investigation into the shooting, confirmed it was a Ferguson police officer but did not provide a reason for the shooting.
Local NAACP leaders are calling for a federal investigation of the incident.”
Read full article here.
There has been even more outcry over less regulated social media sites, such as Tumblr and Twitter.
There is also a hashtag taking Twitter by storm. #IfTheyGunnedMeDown has many furious people posting pictures of themselves looking both responsible and irresponsible, and asking the question– if they gunned me down, which picture of me would they use in the media? As awful as it is, it’s quite clear which pictures would be used.