August 9,2014. Ferguson, Missouri. 18-year-old unarmed African-American Michael Brown is shot by white police officer Darren Wilson 6 times, killing him. Peaceful protests took place before police in riot gear were sent out to contain the citizens of Ferguson with rubber bullets and tear gas. Others outside of the area turned to social media to get updated on the situation, because news crew were not allowed into Ferguson, and to express their angered thoughts as well.
On November 24, 2014, about 100 days after the shooting, Darren Wilson is: declared not guilty, paid $400k, and off on a honeymoon with his wife, leaving many (including myself) who wanted Darren Wilson in jail because his decision to shoot an unarmed teenager who did not even show any brutality towards the officer, but instead put his hands up and pleaded “Dont shoot,” stunned and angered. This past weekend, Darren Willson resigned from the Ferguson Police Department because he was told that keeping his job would put many others at risk, not just himself. While I am glad that he no longer has the power of authority anymore, the fact that he is still a free man while the cells of our country are filled with indiviuals with much pettier crimes than shooting an an unarmed teenager is quite disturbing. We are a nation looked up to by many developing countries and when they see that we let police officers kill unarmed people of color like Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and many more, they start to wonder whether or not they should model their nation after us.
City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative: RSJI