Michael Brown: The Killing Of A Bolshie Unarmed Black Teenager In Photos
WHEN Michael Brown, 18, was killed by police in the Ferguson suburb of St Louis, Missouri, there was outrage. Michael Brown was an unarmed, black teenager. The story goes that Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson, 22, were walking down the middle of the road. It was around noon.
The police car approached. They were told to move.
Dorian Johnson says police yelled: “Get the f*** onto the sidewalk”.
He says the pair told the cop they were almost at their destination. So. No. They would not move. The cop reversed his car to drive along beside them.
There is talk of a scuffle before the killing.
Johnson says the cop oppened his car door. It hit Brown. It bounced closed. The cop got out.
Johnson: “It’s like tug of war. He’s trying to pull him in. He’s pulling away, that’s when I heard, ‘I’m gonna shoot you. I seen the barrel of the gun pointed at my friend. He had it pointed at him and said ‘I’ll shoot,’ one more time… I seen the fire come out of the barrel… The whole time [the officer] was holding my friend until the gun went off.”
There is the fact that Mr Brown was shot several times about 35ft from the police car.
Johnson claims Brown told police: “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting.”
Tiffany Mitchell, a witness, told CNN: “The kid, he finally gets away and he starts running. As he runs, the police gets out of his vehicle and he follows behind him, shooting. And the cop continued to fire until he just dropped down to the ground and his face just smacks the concrete.”
Killed for jaywalking and being bolshie. Killed for being a leary teenager.
What really happened? We don’t yet know. But a young man is dead for what reason? Nothing worthwhile. No cause.
And the police? Well, they have the big guns:
“The Pentagon might not have boots on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by police on Saturday, but it does have wheels on the street. Michelle McCaskill, media relations chief at the Defense Logistics Agency, confirms that the Ferguson Police Department is part of a federal program called 1033 that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars of surplus military equipment to civilian police forces across the United States. The materials range from small items such as pistols and automatic rifles to heavy armored vehicles such as the MRAPs used in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
Photographer Whitney Curtis was struck by a rubber bullet while covering the scene.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 12, 2014