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]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Looting Erupts After Vigil for Slain Missouri Teen Michael Brown". NBC News.
  2. CNN, By Ann O'Neill. "Who was arrested in Ferguson?". CNN.
  3. Thuman, The Associated Press, ABC News, ABC 7 News, Scott (19 August 2014). "Ferguson, Mo.: 78 arrested overnight, only 4 from Ferguson; grand jury to begin hearings Wednesday". WJLA.
  4. http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6221756/nelly-ferguson-dont-shoot-mike-brown-chris-brown
  5. Jauregui, Andres (20 August 2014). "Kajieme Powell Identified As Man Killed In St. Louis Officer-Involved Shooting (UPDATED)" – via Huff Post.
  6. "St. Louis Cops Shoot and Kill Man Near Ferguson, Crowd Gathers". NBC News.
  7. Murdock, Sebastian; Jauregui, Andres (20 August 2014). "Cop Ray Albers In Ferguson To Protestors: 'I Will F**king Kill You' (VIDEO)" – via Huff Post.
  8. Holpuch, Amanda (18 August 2014). "Ferguson crisis: Obama says 'young men of colour are left behind' – live updates" – via www.theguardian.com.
  9. "Ferguson Community & St. Louis Residents March from City Hall to US Attorney's Office". St. Louis American.
  10. "Michael Brown shooting: Ferguson residents suing police for $40". The Independent. 29 August 2014.
  11. Press, Associated (30 August 2014). "Ferguson protesters remember Michael Brown and call for Obama visit" – via www.theguardian.com.
  12. Press, Associated (23 September 2014). "Fire destroys memorial at site where Michael Brown was shot" – via www.theguardian.com.
  13. "Arrests made after rocks tossed at police in Ferguson, Missouri". www.cbsnews.com.
  14. Davey, Monica; Blinder, Alan (13 October 2014). "Ferguson Protests Take New Edge, Months After Killing" – via NYTimes.com.
  15. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/n-korea-calls-us-human/1332212.html

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