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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ferguson residents in the aftermath of Mike Brown murder

Eleven days after another police officer murders another unarmed African American male, tensions continue to run high amid calls for peace and a halt to the unrest by Ferguson officials, residents, and even President Obama.

The family and Ferguson residents want justice for eighteen year-old, Michael Brown, who was shot, execution style, by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

Brown's body lay in street for several moments, with no attempts to revive him, and no ambulance dispatched to the crime scene.

A posting and picture of Darren Wilson from his father's Facebook page.
Witnesses took to their camera phones to record their account of the incident. 

Many say Brown and a friend were approached by Wilson who pulled Brown into the police car and as Brown struggled to get away, Wilson shot him.   It was still unclear why the two men were approached by Wilson, even though reports indicate the pair was impeding traffic.  (No reason to lose a life, though).

It was several days, eight to be exact, after the murder before Ferguson law officials named Wilson as the shooter, and just recently an autopsy report was released showing Wilson shot Brown at least six times from almost thirty feet away.

Despite this gruesome crime, support for Wilson grows, as friends call him the "nicest person in the world."

If killing unarmed kids is nice, then what is mean?

Actual armed, white criminals and mass murderers live another day, 
while unarmed Black men and boys are gunned down and attacked by police for doing nothing).

See also, more rogue cops in African American neighborhoods:
[Mentally impaired African American man beaten by 20 cops].  [Cop slaps 58 year old African American mother]  [Eric Garner case to go to grand jury] [Outrage over cop beating woman on side of roadway]

Ferguson National Guard pull weapons on unarmed Black youth during protest for Mike Brown.
The Mike Brown murder has sparked a nationwide symbolic protest with many using two raised hands prompting the Twitter handle #handsupdontshoot, as seen by the young man in the above picture.   It was this gesture that Mike Brown used to Darren Wilson to show that he was unarmed.

The solidarity gesture caught on nationwide when students from Howard University posed for a picture showing students with their hands up, like Mike Brown.

The murder and the protest has prompted the Justice Department to open an independent federal civil rights investigation, and Attorney General Eric Holder is traveling to Ferguson on Wednesday to meet with community leaders, FBI agents and DOJ personnel.

Said the president, who returned from his vacation on Martha's Vineyard for one day to address the situation in Ferguson:

"So to a community in Ferguson that is rightly hurting and looking for answers, let me call once again for us to seek some understanding rather than simply holler at each other.  Let’s seek to heal rather than to wound each other.  As Americans, we've got to use this moment to seek out our shared humanity that's been laid bare by this moment -- the potential of a young man and the sorrows of parents, the frustrations of a community, the ideals that we hold as one united American family. I’ve said this before in too many communities around the country, a gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement.  In too many communities, too many young men of color are left behind and seen only as objects of fear.  Through initiatives like My Brother’s Keeper, I'm personally committed to changing both perception and reality.  And already we're making some significant progress as people of goodwill of all races are ready to chip in.  But that requires that we build and not tear down.  And that requires we listen and not just shout.  That's how we're going to move forward together, by trying to unite each other and understand each other, and not simply divide ourselves from one another.  We're going to have to hold tight to those values in the days ahead.  That's how we bring about justice, and that's how we bring about peace."

Actually, and to the contrary, we suggest that when the harassment and murder of African Americans by white police officers cease, and the justice systems works in favor of African Americans, and boundless opportunities for advancement become available in urban areas across the nation, then we may have peace.

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