It was a seismic moment in race relations in America, and five years later racial tensions persist nationally. Wilkes explains how life has moved on since that fateful day in Ferguson, Missouri, and has drawn the attention of the world and the media. It stood for seismic moments in American race relations and it stands for a lot more than just a few years after.
What we know little is that Ferguson was suddenly in the national spotlight when police officer Darren Wilson shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead by police officer Darren Wilson, who said Brown had attacked him. At a news conference, St. Louis County Police Chief Joe Ferguson said Brown attacked the officer and tried to snatch the gun from him.
Others in Ferguson, however, say he may not have noticed he was shooting at a plainclothes police officer. Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the Ferguson police response to Brown's death is the culture of fine - promoting law enforcement. The income-oriented justice system, which is predominantly targeted at minorities, was established before the unrest that erupted in the city following the murder of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black teenager who was shot dead by police on August 18 in front of his mother and grandmother.
Ferguson's unrest has helped solidify the national Black Lives Matter movement that began in Florida in 2012 after the death of Trayvon Martin, a neighborhood watch volunteer. It has also intensified since police shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 18, 2014. Ferguson's unrest has helped solidify the National Black Lives Matter movement, which began when Trayvon Martin's son Michael, an 18-year-old unarmed black teenager, was shot dead by a police officer in Orlando, Florida, in 2013. The unrest in Ferguson has helped to bolster the national Black Lives Matter movement, which began after Martin's brother, Trayvon, the neighbor who was shot dead in Miami in 2010.
Most Americans had never heard of Ferguson before August 2014, but the protests that followed Brown's killing have strengthened the emerging Black Lives Matter coalition and helped spark a wave of protests against police violence against blacks in the US and abroad.
Protests over the shooting of Michael Brown grew, and the demonstrations that followed escalated, and tensions grew in Ferguson and the St. Louis area. Ferguson police responded aggressively, causing chaos and tension. For weeks, looting, largely from rioters, arsonists and looters themselves, paralyzed business in and around Ferguson.
The shooting sparked weeks of protests and violence in Ferguson, and police in nearby St. Louis are preparing for more protests after the decision. The demonstrations initially focused on Ferguson, but expanded to other cities after the jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson. Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson has already indicated that Wilson will be fired if he is charged.
By working together, St. Louis County and the smaller city could theoretically afford a well-trained police force that might be better suited to the situation in Ferguson. Instead of working under a unified command with other departments, Ferguson police were tasked with security for Ferguson after the rampage. When a reporter asked Michael Nixon on November 17 if he would stop policing protests, he referred to his own experience as New York City's police chief.
Ferguson is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, USA, and is home to the University of Missouri - Ferguson and Missouri State University. Since then, the city has become the focus of anti-police protests in surrounding cities, including Ferguson itself, but also in the rest of the county, which includes other smaller cities such as Florissant and St. Louis City. The Ferguson Municipal Public Library is the largest public library in North America with more than 1,000 books. It is best known for its collection of books on the history of civil rights and civil liberties in America, but it is also the site of a number of other cultural events and events, notably the annual Ferguson International Film Festival.
In 1954, Ferguson became the first in St. Louis County to introduce a council - a kind of administration. A new Vernon school was built in Ferguson school district for African-American students living in Ferguson and neighboring Kinloch Park. Ferguson Mayor John Brawley ordered the streets to open in 1965, the same year that Larman Williams was one of the first African Americans to buy a home in Ferguson. The scene of a police shooting where Michael Brown lived and died in the early hours of August 9, 2014.
Ferguson is known for resisting the worst extremes of white flight, but the levers of governance and police violence have largely remained under white control, even though African Americans make up less than 10 percent of the St. Louis County population. Not all blacks in Ferguson are poor, and even blacks continue to be punished with an even higher penalty than those outside Ferguson.