2014 Ferguson unrest

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On August 10, 2014, the day after the shooting of Michael Brown, an African-American 18-year-old, protests began in Ferguson, Missouri. These happened for over two weeks.

On August 10, a day of memorials began peacefully. However, after an evening candlelight vigil, looting started.[1]

On August 13, The Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and The Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilley were arrested.

212 people have been arrested in total.[2] President Barack Obama said that most of the protestors in Ferguson were peaceful.[3]

At a charity event, rapper Nelly led a crowd to join him in chanting "Hands up, don't shoot."[4]

On August 19, two miles from Ferguson a 25-year-old African-American man,[5] Kajieme Powell, was shot and killed by two police officers.[6] Six other people have been injured.

On August 20, St. Ann Police Lieutenant Ray Albers was suspended for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at a peaceful protestor the night before.[7]

Police made an "organized protest zone" in Ferguson.[8]

August 26 was the #HandsUP Global Day of Action.[9]

On August 28 a lawsuit was filed by five people against the Ferguson Police Chief, Thomas Jackson, St Louis County Police Chief, Jon Belmar, officer Justin Cosma and several officers who were not named.[10] A few hundred people held a rally at West Florissant Avenue on August 30.[11]

A memorial for Brown was burned.[12] After this happened there were more protests. Seven people were arrested.[13] The memorial was made again. On October 13 Cornel West was arrested at a peaceful protest.[14]

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North Korea called the United States a "human rights graveyard".[15]

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