Michael Brown Injustice Case Study

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Even the white man gets blamed for crimes. In modern America whenever a black man gets shot by someone that is not black, people call injustice. A recent event shows just this. Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed on Aug. 9, 2014, by Darren Wilson. Keep in mind that Michael was black, and the officer Darren was white. At 11:54 a.m Michael Brown, and Dorian Johnson leave the Ferguson Market and Liquor. Surveillance video shows Michael Brown stealing some cigarillos (small cigars). They walk along West Florissant Avenue and then in the middle of the street on Canfield Drive. Officer Darren Wilson sees the two and tells them to move to the sidewalk. Wilson sees that Brown fits the description of the suspect …show more content…
People say that Brown simply walked towards Wilson with his hands up, that Wilson shot him down. If this was true that means Wilson shot an unarmed man. Some say that Brown charged Wilson. If this is true it means that Wilson shot Brown in self-defense. In Wilson’s testimony, it says that Brown reached into his window and tried to grab the gun away from him. This is why he shot two times at Brown. And when he pursued Brown he said that he charged him so he opened fire on him. This is backed up by The St. Louis County prosecutor. Which said the most credible witnesses reported that Brown charged at Wilson making a “grunting, like aggravated sound”. Brown’s body was about 153 feet east of Wilson’s car. Brown’s blood was about 25 feet east of his body. This evidence supports statements that Brown continued to move closer to the officer after being hit by an initial string of bullets. With all this evidence a St. Louis grand jury, made up of nine whites and three blacks. Their task was to determine whether there was a probable cause to believe that Wilson should be charged with a crime. It decided in November not to indict Wilson in connection with the shooting of Michael Brown. An indictment required nine of the twelve grand jurors to agree. The county prosecutors released the forensic reports, photographs of evidence and transcripts of the proceedings. After this announcement set off an unforeseen wave of anger. This sparked anger …show more content…
With four out of the 53 commissioned officers black. This event clearly shows the theme whites vs. blacks. As for Officer Wilson was engaged in a suspect that was black and shot him in self-defense, And after the grand jury decided not to indict Wilson, the predominately black community protested the decision of the grand jury. Like Mark Twain satirically wrote about. The people who protested either didn’t read all the information about the case. Or frankly didn’t care because they had distinctively predetermined that this was a crime about racism. This is the same as when the townspeople thought Jim was the murderer. They didn’t look at the evidence to connect the dots, and they already blamed it on him, because Jim was black, but in this case, it’s because Wilson was white. If Wilson was black, this situation would not have happened. There would have been no big news story on the Ferguson shooting. By it being a white man who shot a black man it made it so that people could pin in as a hate crime. Like in Huckleberry Finn because Wilson was a different color he got blamed for doing a hate crime. Another case of whites vs. blacks is the Los Angeles riots of nineteen ninety-two. On March 3, 1991, Rodney King (a black man) and two passengers were driving west on the Foothill Freeway through Lake View Terrace neighborhood of Los Angeles. California Highway Patrol (CHP) attempted to initiate a traffic stop. A

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