FROM Andre Perry
Race and the Militarization of Policing in Ferguson, Missouri For four nights after an officer killed a young, black man in Ferguson, Missouri, confrontations escalated between police and protesters. Last night, the state Highway Patrol was in charge, led by Captain Ron Johnson, a native of Ferguson. Earlier, local police met one of the protesters’ demands, naming the officer who shot Michael brown as Darren Wilson. They said Brown had been stopped as a suspect in the robbery of a convenience store, but they have not released a complete account of the shooting. For the moment, a change of authority seems to have led to the restoration of order. How long will that last?
Why Was Another Unarmed Black Teen Killed by Police Last Weekend? Police in Ferguson, Missouri, say 18-year-old Michael Brown pushed an officer into his police car and “assaulted” him there on Saturday afternoon. The officer shot Brown, who was unarmed, multiple times as he ran away from the vehicle. Brown’s death is only the latest in a recent string of officer-involved killings of black teenagers, and the trouble is: “in the minds of many Americans, there’s no longer any difference between a black person and a thug.” Dr. Andre Perry is founding dean of urban education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He wrote about the death of Michael Brown on the Washington Post’s website .
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