The town of Ferguson, MO has been left in disarray after the killing of 18-year old Michael Brown.
Brown was walking with a friend when Officer Darren Wilson, a 6-year veteran with the police force, encountered him and shot him dead.
Local and nationwide outrage has spawned from the killing, calling it unjust. While Ferguson police have yet to provide substantial details about the shooting, they maintain that Officer Wilson and Brown were in an arm tussle over Wilson’s gun; Brown was outside of the police car while Wilson was inside.
Office Wilson was patrolling the area after getting a call of a robbery in Ferguson. A description of the suspect in the robbery was sent via Wilson’s radio, around the same time he saw Brown and his friend walking down the street.
A gunshot was reported to have occurred from inside the vehicle. However, witnesses say that the recent high school graduate was backing away from the police with his hands up. That is when more shots were fired. Witnesses continue to say that the more Brown distanced himself away from Officer Wilson, the more gunshots were fired.
President Obama condemned the actions from the Ferguson incident during a press conference yesterday, stating that there is “no excuse for violence against police or protesters in Ferguson,” after nearly a week of unrest and violent tension in the predominately black city. He also said he would be tasking Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice with the responsibility of an independent investigation of the killing.
The President scolded Ferguson police because of their lack of transparency in the investigation and their use of excessive force against the public. He also addressed violent protesters, saying their behavior does not help the situation any. President Obama summarized his thoughts with the following:
Protests for Michael Brown have spread far beyond Ferguson. Organized activities for the gun-downed young man who was set to start college this week were seen in New York in Times Square and at Howard University in D.C.