This seasons Black Friday sales were successful as always. But what was different in Ferguson, Missouri this year? The protests! This protest was brought up because of the controversial jury trial of Darren Wilson, a White police officer who had shot and killed a unarmed Black American Michael Brown. According too http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/28/us-usa-missouri-shooting-idUSKCN0J80PR20141128 protestors linked with local mall demonstrators to shut down the Local Shopping Mall to try and draw links between economic inequalities and racial inequalities. The protestors were mostly Black Americans trying to show the purchasing power of Black Americans. Ferguson, missouri isn’t the only place protesting. In New York more then 200 protestors went to Herald Square and marched to protest in front of Macy’s stores. Other protests took place in Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland, California, St, Louis, and the Bay area.
According to http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/michael-brown-shooting/michael-brown-protesters-urge-shoppers-boycott-black-friday-n257881 16 people were arrested because the peaceful protests took a turn in St. Louis when protestors started throwing bricks and vandalizing stores.There is also a report of some protestors throwing flares into news crew vans. The protestors were also said to be illegally blocking the West Florissant Avenue. Also on Black Friday at the mall a lot of protestors lied down on the floor to symbolize corpses with “stand up, don’t shop” so shoppers weren’t able to get through them and shop. Also according to this article 20 people had chained themselves together to block the doors to a Bay Area Transit Center. A participant from the 20 protestors said they were planning to lay down on the tracks for four hours to symbolize the amount of time Michael Browns body was left on the street. Out of the 20 protestors only 14 were arrested. Other news, over 300 angry protestors showed their anger by protesting on the grand juries decision to not indict the officer responsible for killing the 18 year old unarmed Michael brown. Protestors in Los Angeles are also making a showing and there are reported to e 371 Protestors arrested for being in the way of traffic.
All these protests will hopefully make the grand jury realize that they were wrong and them officer should have been sentenced to life like any other human who is responsible for a murder of any color person. Protests have continued nationwide ever since a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.
Darren Wilson the responsible police officer for the death of brown has resigned from the police force. Maybe he feels bad, maybe he knows if he stays on the Unit people might try to get revenge, or maybe he really is a good guy and trying to help the community heal. Now that Wilson is free and the protests are over it is very intriguing to me to see what is soon to come from this topic. Not only did this topic spread Nation wide but it was reached upon by many many people and taken into recognition by NFL players too, which was viewed and explained to everyone watching. Resulting in a better spectrum view of this issue.