WHY THE CITIZENS ARE PROTESTING: "The shooting of a young Missouri man identified as Michael Brown, 18, happened at noontime Saturday, August 9th. The teen and a friend, Dorin Johnson, were walking in the street on Canfield Drive in the Canfield Green Apartments when a Ferguson officer drove up and ordered them to the sidewalk. Johnson said they told him they were a minute away from their destination and then they would be out of the street.
After a verbal confrontation, witness Piaget Crenshaw said the officer got out of his car and fired a shot. Both teens ran, she said, and another shot was fired.
Johnson hid behind a car, but said his friend stopped after a second shot was fired at him. Crenshaw and Johnson say the teen held up his hands to show he did not have a weapon, however the officer fired at him two more times and he collapsed and died in the street.
Angry crowds quickly gathered and several shots were fired not far from the original shooting scene. That prompted police to call for help including the tactical squads from St. Louis city and county. They closed off West Florissant at Canfield for several hours Saturday.
Chief Jackson praised pastors and community activists, including Anthony Shahid, who came to the scene to console and talk to the victim’s relatives and neighbors. Police delayed their crime scene evidence collection until the area was secured. During that time, the shooting victim’s covered body remained on the street further angering members of the crowd.
An uncle of the shooting victim said his great nephew had just graduated from high school and was thinking about going to college. He said he was not an aggressive teenager."
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After an unarmed Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the predominantly white police force has responded to looting and peaceful protests with strong shows of force against the majority African-American population.
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The mainstream media’s refuses to contextualize the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police in America’s tradition of the mass incarceration of African Americans and police brutality sparking black uprisings
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"The eyes of the world are watching. This is the test of whether a community, this community, any community, can break the cycle of fear, distrust and violence, and replace them with peace, strength and, ultimately, justice," Governor Jay Nixon said in his speech at a church near Ferguson.
The curfew will be imposed from midnight to 5 am local time, according to Captain Ronald Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who also spoke at the press conference, following Governor Jay Nixon.
As Governor Nixon told the people of Ferguson to sleep during the curfew, he was interrupted by a protester who yelled out “Sleep is not an option!” and “We want justice!”