Thursday, August 14, 2014

#Ferguson Rallies Following Michael Brown Shooting [PHOTOS]

According to Essence, after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday, August 9th, the town of Ferguson, Missouri has erupted with daily protests. Although Brown's grieving family has spoken out against violence at rallies, community members are enraged by the police's lackluster reaction to the tragedy.  Below are a look back at events in photos from the ground.
Sidebar: I am so saddened by this. I feel like there is a war going on and the target is young black men.  This has to stop. How do you shoot unarmed teenagers.  This showcases just how alive and well racism is. I do not condone violence and I am sad that people have rioted and looted but the anger and helpless feelings are real.
Desurrea Harris, Brown's grandmother, is overcome with emotion after a press conference at Jennings Mason Temple Church of God In Christ, on August 11, 2014 in Jennings, Missouri.
Protestor Boss Bastain of St. Louis locks arms with others as they confront Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers in front of the Ferguson police station on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Marchers are entering a third day of protests against Sunday's police shooting of Michael Brown.
Eighty-eight-year-old Creola McCalister joins other demonstrators protesting the Brown's killing outside Greater St. Marks Family Church on August 12, 2014.
Police force protestors from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on August 11, 2014 as residents and their supporters protested Brown's shooting.

Covering his face from the gas

McSpadden joins a capacity crowd of guests at Greater St. Marks Family Church to discuss the killing of her son and the civil unrest resulting from his death on August 12, 2014.
Lesley McSpadden, Brown's mother, arrives for a press conference on the arm of civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton on August 12, 2014. Sharpton and Brown's family have called for order following riots and skirmishes with police.

With their hands raised, residents gather at a police line as the neighborhood is locked down following skirmishes on August 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Police responded with tear gas as residents and their supporters protested the Brown's shooting.

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