As we’ve previously reported, last week unarmed teenager Mike Brown was gunned down in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri by Officer Darren Wilson. Protests and demands for justice have erupted in the mid-west town ever since.
The local police force’s response to the fury over excessive force used by their officer has been to meet crowds with demonstrations of even more excessive force. In some circles, this is also known as hustling backwards but we digress.
The Ferguson PD donned military, BDU style uniforms and began employing military weaponry to engage citizens who were basically only armed with plastic soda bottles.
The images of citizens and media being tear gassed, challenged at gun point and unfairly arrested were viewed world wide. Something had to change. So, finally MO Governor Jay Nixon stepped in and took away the power of the local police and gave it to Highway Patrol and county police.
However, on Friday Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, released a tape that maligned the character of deceased teen Mike Brown and protesters were once again infuriated with the local police department. Questions of their competence began rolling off the lips of everyone from the media to the protesters to the family and friends of Mike Brown.
Tensions had been tamped down the previous day when Officer Ron Johnson was assigned to take over the scene in Ferguso. But we guess the signals once again got crossed somewhere because the same riot force with military garb were back on the streets last night and chaos ensued allegedly as a result of the police force fanning the flames of frustration.
Despite the switch in police personnel within Ferguson, local police engaged peaceful protesters in full riot gear and were allegedly shooting rubber bullets and tear gas into crowds of not just adults but also children.
Take a look at what the scene looked like in the videos and pics below.
We aren’t sure who gave the order to deploy the military gear again. To be honest, we sort of expect to see a lot of finger pointing about it now that daylight has once again touched the ground of the tiny city.
There is only one thing that we are sure of though, this has got to stop.
Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Ferguson Sparks A Social Photo Protest
1. A Call To Action1 of 47
2. Young Black Men Support2 of 47
3. No Justice, No Peace!3 of 47
4. Hands Up4 of 47
5. Don’t Shoot5 of 47
6. Beyond Color6 of 47
7. Youth Movement7 of 47
8. Don’t Shoot8 of 47
9. Generational Support9 of 47
10. Activists Of Our Generation10 of 47
11. Gathering Crowds11 of 47
12. Mike Brown’s Mother12 of 47
13. The Revolution Will Be Socially Shared13 of 47
14. Anonymous?14 of 47
15. T-Shirt With A Message15 of 47
16. RIP Mike16 of 47
17. Hands Up17 of 47
18. We Are One Race18 of 47
19. Do I Fit The Description?19 of 47
20. Am I Next?20 of 47
21. A Happy Protestor21 of 47
22. We Are Praying With My Feet22 of 47
23. Masked Supporter23 of 47
24. Just A Young Black Man, Walking24 of 47
25. Janelle Monae25 of 47
26. A Stand Off26 of 47
27. Even Kids Are Involved27 of 47
28. The Power Of Banning Together28 of 47
29. We Want Answers29 of 47
30. Mommy/Daughter Team30 of 47
31. Brave Supporters31 of 47
32. We Need Justice32 of 47
33. Black Teens Support33 of 47
34. Hands Up34 of 47
35. Don’t Shoot!35 of 47
36. Passive Aggressive36 of 47
37. The People Flee37 of 47
38. Let There Be Peace38 of 47
39. Howard University Students39 of 47
40. Reverend Al Sharpton40 of 47
41. Hell No, We Won’t Go!41 of 47
42. Solidarity42 of 47
43. Assume The Position43 of 47
44. A Sniper, Really?44 of 47
45. Never Give Up45 of 47
46. Is It A Race Thing?46 of 47
47. A Powerful Image47 of 47
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