Explainer What Is Going On In Ferguson
Michael Brown’s stepfather.
The Missouri town has become the topic of international news headlines, after a young black man was shot multiple times by police. Peaceful protests have inspired a militarised response from the authorities – and now the world wants to know what’s really going on in Ferguson.
He put his arms up to let them know that he was compliant and he was unarmed, and they shot him twice more and he fell to the ground and died.& Multiple witnesses say that they saw Brown unarmed with his hands above his head, as he was shot multiple times. Protests started soon after the shooting, with people gathering at the spot where Michael Brown had died and chanting “Killer cops have got to go”. The ABC reports that once the protests were under way, over 100 police officers were called to the scene. This from the ABC:Looting and riots were reported in neighbouring towns, and reports emerged on Wednesday of police using rubber bullets and wooden baton rounds on protesters.
When a police officer pulled up and tried to get out of his car, Brown pushed the police officer back into the car. Dorin Johnson, a friend who was walking with Brown in the middle of the street, says that the police officer pulled over and told them to “get the eff onto the sidewalk”.