Unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was executed with multiple gunshots by a Ferguson, Missouri policeman. Brown and a friend were walking down a street. They were confronted by police for walking in the street.
Still in his car, the officer then grabbed Brown by his neck, [Dorian] Johnson said. Brown tried to pull away, but the officer kept pulling Brown toward him, he said.There is no full account yet from the police on the killing of Michael Brown. Many other witnesses seem to corroborate the above events.
The officer drew his weapon, and "he said, 'I'll shoot you' or 'I'm going to shoot' " and almost instantaneously fired his weapon, hitting Brown, Johnson said.
Johnson and a bloodied Brown took off running, and Johnson hid behind the first car he saw, he said. The officer got out of his car.
"I saw the officer proceeding after my friend Big Mike with his gun drawn, and he fired a second shot and that struck my friend Big Mike," Johnson told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "And at that time, he turned around with his hands up, beginning to tell the officer that he was unarmed and to tell him to stop shooting. But at that time, the officer fired several more shots into my friend, and he hit the ground and died."
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Citizens of Ferguson have been protesting peacefully. They had no weapons. Yet they have been confronted by military-style policing. They have been tear gassed. They have been shot with rubber bullets by police. Reporters have been roughed up and thrown in jail.
Interestingly, the protest by tax evader Cliven Bundy had militias from all over the country converge on his ranch with weapons and snipers. Where were the riot police and government snipers for these armed protesters/terrorists? Reporters including Sean Hannity and others were given free access.
Detroit activist Maureen Taylor's message at the Netroots Nation 2014 Conference should be heeded.
“That’s how it starts,” Taylor said. “A little bit at a time. And before you look and before you know, there is a tidal wave of everyone trying to tell you don’t have the right. … Who was it who said for bad things to happen, all that is necessary is for good people to stand and say nothing. We’ve got a scream of silence going on.”
America needs to wake up. The oppression, killing, and abuse of a few select groups is just the beginning. You could be next.