Protest is still going on in America over the fatal shooting of an 18 year old teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson Missouri. There was violence yesterday in the streets of Ferguson but things are getting back to normal now. However it is good to see protests held across various American cities are peaceful which the demonstration of American civility in midst of such high racial tensions. The decision by the grand jury was not appreciated by the African American community and many people of different races across America, but the message of peace urged by the President of United States Barack Obama seems to have taken effect.
The problem of Black people being targeted is not new and numerous cases of unlawful arrests, incarceration and fatal shooting have been common over the years. Similar instances have occurred earlier also but sometimes all it takes is an incident to start a movement. Just a while ago Trayvon Martin who was just a year younger then Michael Brown was shot in Florida by George Zimmerman who was acquitted by jury of his peers. A lot of anguish was felt by many black people even back then, but maybe this shooting was the tipping point.
In the state of Florida and in many other American states there is law called “Stand your Ground” law wherein an individual has no duty to retreat from any place they have lawful right to be and may use any level of force, including lethal, if they reasonably believe they face an imminent and immediate threat of serious bodily harm or death verbatim Wikipedia. But it is also claimed that this law only favors the white people and Black are on the receiving end. But this law is not going to be repealed any time soon.
Officer Darren Wilson the man who shot Michael Brown also gave an interview in which he talked about in detail about what exactly happened on that day and he said his conscious is clear as he did the right thing. No matter what this issue has now taken a national precedence and civil rights activists will not be giving up any time soon.
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