Argumentative Essay: The Death Of Michael Brown

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August 9th of 2014, an African American male who was eighteen years of age named Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri. It was shown that minutes before his death Mr. Brown was earlier at the local liquor store stealing cigarillos. Mr. Wilson, of 28 years, was the police officer that picked up on the situation as he saw someone to appear as to what the suspect looked like. Once stopping Michael, and him cooperating onto the sidewalk, there was later an altercation between Mr. Brown and Officer Darren Wilson, who is of white heritage. Moments later, Michael Brown was shot and killed by Wilson, after having the officer chase him. It was known that Michael stopped and turned in a sense for confrontation to the officer, but actions were …show more content…
Alternative actions could’ve been made, and there wouldn’t be an issue to resolve today; not just legally, but emotionally. The parents of Mr. Brown, Michael Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, lost a son that was scheduled to start classes at Vatterott College exactly two days after his death. He played football, and was referred to as a gentle giant. He was loved and looked up to, so his death only called for voices to be heard. Protests contained demonstrations of how it was said that Michael reacted to the officer upon the chase. The officer claimed that Brown assaulted him and reached for his gun while sitting in his patrol car, and after striking a bullet in his hand, Michael ran and Wilson pursued him on foot. Witnesses say that Michael turned with his hands up, but Wilson opened fire on him anyway. The autopsy reported that Brown was hit six times; four bullets hitting him in his arm and the other two were taken in the head. His body was left in the suburbs, exactly where he fell, for four hours before the police took over the crime scene. Had Mr. Wilson just simply arrested Mr. Brown or given him a ticket for “blocking traffic”, there would be no questions asked and there would be no answers to be wanted. Why not call for backup? Why not shoot the suspect in a way that his life could’ve been spared? Why shoot an unarmed man? Why risk your well-being by ruing someone …show more content…
Killings are one thing, but the continuance of killing of black men by white police officers are another. It’s all based on the want for justification, but racism can’t be ignored either. “Black” and “White” dates back many years ago, but here we are generations from then and it’s still here. As a nation, a lot of positive progress has been made, but the direction the nation is heading now? Results may show that different races want to be dominant over others. No, it isn’t right, but not all believe in the same thing, so differences cause for different reasons, whether right or

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