On November 24, 2014, a St. Louis, Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014, causing unrest throughout the country. The 12-person grand jury met in secret over the past months to decide the fate of Wilson, a white police officer, who fatally shot Brown, an 18-year-old black teenager – which has been a racial hot topic for over 100 days.
Before the verdict was announced, officials and Brown’s family asked that protestors across the nation stay peaceful.
“Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction,” said Michael Brown’s family.
Although protesters were urged to remain nonviolent this did not happen. Not long after the decision was announced, crowds of protestors stormed the streets of Ferguson. Protestors showed their disappointment and anger towards the decision by lighting police cars on fire and vandalizing and looting local businesses. The protests weren’t confined to Ferguson, but were also found in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, and Oakland – among other cities throughout the United States.
In Los Angeles, protestors marched throughout the city and shut down the 10 Freeway. In Oakland, protests turned violent and police officers were attacked. Several cities are staging walkouts and “die-ins”, blocking streets to show solidarity with Ferguson.
People across the globe are supporting the “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” movement through pictures and protests.