On the 9th of August Michael Brown Jr. was fatally shot 12 times by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in the city of Ferguson, Missouri. The event caused major protests in Ferguson.
Despite a subsequent investigation by the FBI found no evidence that Brown was surrendering, had his hands up, or said “don’t shoot” before he was shot, protesters believed otherwise and used the slogan “Hands up, don’t shoot” in protest. The protests, violent and peaceful, went on for more than a week, the police even had to establish night curfew.
The local police department was heavily criticized for their reaction, there were concerns over insensitivity, tactics and a militarized response. Eventually the U.S. Department of Justice concluded that Wilson shot Brown in self-defense. This essay will focus on the possible causes of the riots that occurred after the shooting of Michael Brown Jr. and suggest ways to improve the relationship between the black community and the police in the US.
The racial division has been huge issue since the founding of The United States, and so has inequality. The black community has throughout history been heavily oppressed and it is deeply rooted into their existence and history. It’s no more than 80 years since slavery existed throughout America, where Afro-American were the most enslaved population.
The history of blacks in America is full of events like slavery, KKK, Rosa Parks and many other things. The shooting of Michael Brown Jr. was a reminder to many blacks of the never-ending racial inequality, it unrattled a series of protests, and the argument was that this would not have happened, had it been a white person, or a black officer.
In a poll by Pew Research Poll, 80% of blacks said that “Brown’s death raised big issues about race?”, while 37% of whites. It also pointed out that whites are 3x more likely to trust an investigation into Brown’s death, while 76% of blacks had little or no confidence in the investigations.