Update: Two Months Since #MikeBrown Was Murdered, Things Are Still Crazy in #Ferguson
Yesterday marked two months since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot a killed by officer Darren Wilson on August 9 and not much has changed since then. The St. Louis suburb is still making headlines with protests, conflicts, and reports of political cover ups. Things are getting tenser each day, and the cry for justice is no wear near finished. Check out a brief rundown of the latests updates.
Yet Another Unarmed Black Teen was Killed This Week by St. Louis Police
So apparently a sandwich can be mistaken for a gun now, and an off-duty St. Louis police officer used this as an excuse to shoot yet another black unarmed teen in St. Louis last night, 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. Details are still coming in, but according to ABCNews:
Wednesday’s shooting happened at about 7:30 p.m. in the city’s Shaw Neighborhood, and involved an officer working a department-approved secondary job for a private security company, Police Chief Sam Dotson said at an early-morning news conference.
The officer approached a group of men. One of the men took off running, Dotson said, so the officer pursued. Dotson said the suspect approached the officer in an “aggressive” manner, with a physical altercation occurring. The man then turned and fired three rounds at the officer before his gun jammed, Dotson said.
The officer, who was not injured, returned fire, shooting 17 times and fatally wounding the man, Dotson said.
… and they wonder why protestors are still going strong – unbelievable. I can’t even begin to wrap my head around this- 16 times! There’s no excuse. It’s like cops have declared open season on young black men, RIP to yet another.
Politicians and Police Officials are Still Being Shady
Last month journalist Shaun King exposed heavy revelations on the shady activity that has been going on in with Ferguson officials, and now more reports of cover-ups and mishandling are being brought out. The grand jury is now under investigation due to a juror violating secrecy guidelines by disclosing information on the case to a friend who posted details about the case on social media.
Darren Wilson Testified Before a Grand Jury, But Still No Charges
In the midst of all the outcry from Ferguson protestors and Michael Brown’s family,Darren Wilson has remained a free man since he killed Brown. He was called to testify before a grand jury in September and gave his version of the story for four hours. The jury has until January to decide whether to press charges, and this is a big part of the reason protestors are still going strong.
Police are Preparing for Riots
Even though they have until January, the grand jury is expected to make a decision on Darren Wilson next month. Police are worried that riots may break out if he’s not charged. For the most part protestors have been peaceful and we already saw how militant the police got when demonstrations first started, so if they get any more turnt up it’s only a recipe for more confrontations and violence.
At this point I think we’ve yet to see the worst of the Michael Brown aftermath, and it bring the lyrics of Lauren Hill to mind:
"Black rage is founded on two-thirds a person
Rapings and beatings and suffering that worsens
Black human packages tied up with strings
Black rage can come from this kinds of things
Squeezed economics, subsistence survival,
Deafening silence and social control
Black Rage is founded on wounds on the soul”
No justice, no peace.