The event that sparked the Ferguson report was the shooting of Michael Brown on August 9th, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Officer Darren Wilson gunned down an African American 18-year-old. This event ignited an uproar and made national news. This prompted the DOJ to start an investigation. The overall summary of the case is who they interviewed. Personal such as the city major, police chief, city manager, and half of the officer in the Ferguson police department. Researching files, spoke about how the city’s police revenue plan is, how the police department go about performing their duties and exercising their practices. Touched on racial bias in the city of Ferguson, Missouri and the municipal court systems held in place and how they practice
Race, religion, ethnicity, and color have been a constant struggle for societies throughout history. Those of authority at times have used their power to prove a point, destroy the underdog, or just to be plain ole mean. People in the minority have always struggled with acceptance and equality and have often lived in fear of the majority just for being different. The following situations seemed, from the outside, to have been another case of racial profiling and possible excessive use of force. During this case study, the discovery of the entire story will be attempted. Going into it, there is not a right or wrong side but only the facts.
In August 2015, Ferguson was experienced an insurgent uprising. There were already previous victims of police brutality that have been affected, but the life of Michael Brown being taken away caused people to completely snap. The fact that racial injustice, the rejection of freedom of speech, and disrespecting American citizens was part of the killing of the teen made people create a full on riot protesting the transgression hoping to make it all end and to prevent any more lives from being taken all because of policemen changing the meaning of their job to something not even close to serving its purpose.
Brown continued to show aggressive force towards the officer in which Wilson, the officer, fired shots killing Brown. Officials decided to not arrest the officer and suspended him with pay until an investigation was complete. To the population, Browns death was seen as another result of a hate crime and the news spread quickly around the St. Louis area. But this time things were different (Edwards, pg10). Citizens decided to take matters into their own hand. Rioters swarmed the streets and began burning cars, destroying local businesses, and stealing goods. It was like a scene from the Rodney King riot that took place in 1992. Rioters went on a rampage for days burning down nearly 25 buildings, 2 police cruisers, 12 cars, and over 80 arrests made (note: many of the personnel who were arrested did not reside in the state of Missouri, meaning others traveled to St. Louis just to partake in the riots). Overall, $4.6 million in damages were caused. Protesters flooded the streets for nearly a year in hopes of getting justice for Mike Brown (Edwards, pg11-13). And On March 4, 2015, another court decisioning ruled in favor of the
Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed on August 2014, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in Ferguson, Mo. Brown, an 18-year-old African-American was fatally shot and killed in the street shortly after robbing a convenience store. The disputed circumstances of the shooting of the unarmed young man sparked existing tensions in the majority-black community and law enforcements in Ferguson, Mo. The event received considerable attention in the U.S. and elsewhere, attracted protesters from outside the region, and generated a powerful debate about the relationship between law enforcement and African Americans and the police use of excessive force. The shooting prompted protests that shaken the area for weeks. The announcement of the grand jury that they decided not to indict Mr. Wilson set off another wave of protests. Many police officers have defended Wilson, pointing out that officers patrolling violent neighborhoods risk their lives, while demonstrators saw the case in terms of racism and police brutality. However, Brown’s killing and the following events in Ferguson became a national controversy touching on much larger national issues of race, justice, and police brutality. While the specifics of the Brown shooting involved is not clear, the situation would have been dramatically different had Wilson worn body camera which would have recorded the actual event. With new body camera technology
The shooting left the Blacks in the city of Ferguson in a state of outrage. Anger raced through the veins of the citizens which prompted a series of demonstrations, which spread rapidly across the country. Brown’s death sparked protests and discussions about race and the abuse of police power in society. Protests began to flare after the Ferguson police officer was not indicted. St. Louis grand jury brought no criminal charges against Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown fatally in nearby Ferguson. The decision of
On August 9th 2014 in Ferguson Missouri a suburb north of Saint Louis, 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson after allegedly robbing a convenience store. The initial dispute over the circumstances surrounding Brown’s death resulted in tensions and civil unrest in a predominately African American city, where a police officer had just fatally shot an unarmed African American teenager. A grand jury chose not to indict Wilson leading to his exoneration of any criminal wrongdoing by the United States Justice Department. These events received large-scale media attention and drew protesters from across the country, resulting in intense debate about the relationship between law enforcement and civilians, with special attention being given to what consists as an appropriate use of force.
Michael Brown, an unarmed black male was shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014. According to a report issued by the Department of Justice, Shortly before the shooting, Brown stole several packages of cigars with his friend Dorian Johnson, from a nearby convenience store and shoved the store clerk who tried to stop him. Police officer Wilson had been notified by radio of the robbery and given descriptions of the two suspects. Brown, eighteen at the time, and his friend were walking down the middle of a city street when Officer Wilson arrived on the scene and stopped them. He ordered the pair to walk on the sidewalk, but the two refused to do so. Though details of the events that followed
The day is Aug. 9 and 18 yr. old Michael Brown has just been shot. Due to the tension dividing the country Brown’s death was immediately looked at as a racial issue. The country saw it as an unarmed black teenager shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. The shooting
On August 9, 2014 Mike Brown, an 18-year-old African American was shot and killed a by Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department. Mr. Brown was unarmed when he was shot and killed. The officer shots were fired when Brown allegedly reached for a gun out of the officer’s vehicle. Brown proceeded to walk towards the officer with his hands up and was killed in the act of self-defense. The officer was found not guilty, and the city reacted in a way that was positive and very much so negative. They protested and looted areas. They set buildings on fire as well as cars, and vandalized many stores of the Ferguson Community. Some felt the news, well certain news stations and or publications didn’t print the views from both sides. They
On August 4th, 2014, an eighteen year old boy by the name of Michael Brown was killed by Darren Wilson. Mr. Wilson was an officer of the Ferguson Police Department. He was a twenty-eight year old white male and was accused of killing Michael out of racial hatred. This case was examined but not enough evidence was accumulated to charge Mr. Wilson with the murder of Michael (Moylan). This act of violence touched many people’s hearts but made many people angry. It was thought that the FPD was being racist when Michael was killed because of statistic after the investigation. The arrest rate in seven felonies in the FDP decreased by over fifty percent and the police commissioner stated that overall crime decreased. (Newsday) After these statistics were reviewed, some thought it was time for repercussions. This in turn was the reason behind
In August 9th 2014 an unarmed teen by the name of Michael Brown was shot and killed by an officer who felt he was threatened by the unarmed teen, who later didn’t have much evidence to back it up. Hours after the killing, people started roaming the streets with posters quoting “black lives matter, no justice no peace.” After hours and hours of peaceful protests the streets of Ferguson turned to chaotic devastation when a group of people noticed the police officer was not put into custody. Riots broke out and destroyed majority of the city, many have speculated that's the reason behind recent police brutality today. Following the act, the courts officially decided that it was not the fought of Darren Wilson, but rather a misconception of the public’s view, and the lack of evidence. Also, Police Brutality, first recorded from the labor workers of the Pullman strike brutally beat the peace striking workers without any morality served. After the brutalities of the Pullman strike, the Textile strike was enacted. Immigrant workers protested peacefully against the owners of the company, which
Everyone has heard of what happened in Ferguson, Missouri. Mike Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African-American male, was shot and killed by Caucasian police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014. This incident sparked an uproar on police brutality, escalating the whole white cop and black teen discrimination. Apparently Officer Wilson shot Mike Brown while he was trying to surrender. Even after police stated otherwise it was meant with skepticism. It all started after Officer Wilson saw two men walking down the middle of the street. There was a call sent out about a robbery by two African-American men earlier that day. Maybe it was the suspects, Officer Wilson drove by and told them to walk on the sidewalk and that went it from zero to one hundred. After a few words Mike Brown punched Officer Wilson in the face. Officer Wilson went for his weapon telling Brown to back off or he’ll get shot. Brown ignored and attempted to take the gun, that’s when Officer Wilson pulled the trigger. After multiple times pulling the trigger it finally went off. Glassed shattered with blood, Brown backed off then came back with his hands up only to attack Officer Wilson again. Officer Wilson pulled the trigger again until it fired. This time Brown made a run for it, Officer Wilson took chase only to see the Brown had stopped and turn to charge him. After multiple shots it was over with Brown dead on the street. After the Grand Jury decision to not indict Officer Wilson there was an explosion
On the night of August 9, 2014, the town of Ferguson, Missouri became the center of riots, marches, and mass chaos. Officer Darren Wilson, aged twenty-eight, fatally shot eighteen year-old Michael Brown. The disputed circumstances of the shooting and the lack of a video recording received considerable attention in the U.S. and elsewhere, and sparked the discussion of installing body cameras on police officers to provide evidence in these kinds of cases. Police officers should be required to wear cameras because of increased police brutality, lack of evidence in legal cases, and proof of proper police officers.
One community that stands out the most for the conflict between law enforcement and their community is Ferguson, Missouri. On August 9, 2014 Darren Wilson, 28, a white Ferguson police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American male (McLaughlin). This case started one of the biggest uproar the nation has ever seen between community and law enforcement. When the incident first occurred there were many pieces of information missing to paint a scenario of how and what occurred between Brown and officer Wilson. Apparently Michael Brown was walking home late at night when officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown got into a confrontation that lead to Wilson shooting Brown, the case goes