Police Misconduct And The Shooting Death Of Michael Brown

861 WordsNov 15, 20154 Pages
Introduction Community policing in America today has been tremendously affected over the past two years by a number of events involving the police and their interactions with people of color, and minority communities. Most of these problems between the police and minority communities have stemmed from incidents and reports of police misconduct and abuses of power, use of excessive force, and increases in police involved shootings. One major events that drew national attention, caused problems, and put strains on police-community relations involved the shooting death of Michael Brown. On August 9, 2014 Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen male, was shot multiple times by Officer Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson, Missouri police officer. The shooting death of Michael Brown brought about days of public protest and outrage. When the St. Louis County prosecutor refused to bring charges and announced that a grand jury decided not to indict Officer Wilson, it led to major riots and many clashes between law enforcement agencies and citizens. Later, after peace was restored in Fergusons, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) was commissioned to step in and conduct a thorough investigation into both the shooting death investigation of Michael Brown and police practices of the Ferguson Police Department. While the investigation conducted by the DOJ did not find any wrong doings in the shooting death of Michael Brown, it did find that the City of Ferguson, city officials, and the

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