Demonstrations began after the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, and authorities have arrested at least 163 people in the protest area. Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, in charge of securing Ferguson, said just six people were arrested at protests Wednesday night, compared to 47 the previous night, providing hope among law enforcement leaders that tensions may be beginning to ease.
Federal authorities have launched an independent investigation into Michael Brown‘s death, and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill told The Associated Press that all of the physical evidence from the case was being flown Thursday from St. Louis to the FBI forensics lab in Quantico, Virginia. The evidence includes shell casings and trajectories, blood patterns and clothing.
“The only thing you have to test the credibility of eye witnesses to a shooting like this is in fact the physical evidence,” McCaskill said. “I’m hopeful the forensic evidence will be clear and will shed a lot more light on what the facts were.” But when Autopsies completed on the body of black teenager Michael Brown were released, ABC News revealed the autopsy failed to reveal exactly what happened on Aug. 9
McCaskill has also announced that next month she will lead a Senate hearing to look into the militarization of local police departments after criticism of the law enforcement response to the protests in Ferguson following Brown’s death.
In addition, a grand jury on Wednesday began considering evidence to determine whether the officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson, should be charged. Magee said there was no timeline for the process, but it could take weeks.
“With the shooting of Kajieme Powell taking place just a few miles from Ferguson – where Brown’s Aug. 9 death sparked a series of angry clashes between police and protesters, drawing national attention to what many consider a racially motivated shooting — some have expressed concern that St. Louis could experience civil unrest,” said The LA Times.
But what can be more clear than civil unrest caused by racial tension propelled by a perpetuating war between police and proletariats. The battle between man and uniform has exhausted itself to the point of action in Missouri, while the luring tension has found reason for the government to become involved, until the national guards recent leave, seen at memorials of black victims at the whims of white triggers in blue uniforms. What will come next is still a question that will be needed to be addressed by both Senate, and people of influence who can direct the consciousness of today’s anger and frustration to a better means of understanding, and justice. Talib Kweli and J-cole were some of the few names sighted in seeing first hand the happenings in America; but who else will step to the plate to take the reigns of frustrated peoples aggression, as more videos surface; and more reasons are given for concern. We can only wait and find out.
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