David Brown 's Death Of Civil Government Essay

1099 Words Jan 20th, 2016 5 Pages
On the night of August 9, 2014, unarmed eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a white officer with the Ferguson Police Department, in Ferguson, Mo. Following the shooting, mass riots and looting took place as the citizens of Ferguson—the majority of which are African-American—expressed their frustrations. It was their belief that Brown had been shot because he was black, since, according to the United States Justice Department, the city’s police force was clearly prejudiced against the African-American community (Apuzzo). The violence would only escalate as it was announced the grand jury would not indict Wilson of any crime. Though activists took a similar approach to Thoreau in their fearless protests against an unjust decision, ultimately their goal to replace, rather than disband, prejudiced law enforcement conflicts with the completely antigovernment attitude of Thoreau in “Resistance to Civil Government”. Adhering to Thoreau’s advice to resist an unjust government, citizens of Ferguson protested against the wrongful killing of an unarmed teenager, with no fear of the police force they were opposing. According to a timeline provided by USA Today, on August 10, almost immediately following the death of Michael Brown, peaceful protests began as people memorialized the teenager. A candlelight vigil was held to mourn the death of the young man, one who lost his life to police brutality. This peaceful acknowledgment eventually turned into civil…

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