A year after Michael Brown Jr. was fatally shot by a White police officer in Ferguson, Mo., not much has changed.
In the days that followed the one-year anniversary of the teenager’s untimely death, police took to the streets again in militarized gear to confront demonstrators who gathered to protest state violence. In a show that was eerily similar to the smoke-filled roads from August 2014, law enforcement officers arrested protesters, threw tear gas and, in the most fatal of cases, killed another Black teen on the same day Kajieme Powell was killed a year earlier.
But the reaction to justifiable Black frustration wasn’t the only thing that echoed throughout last year. A CNNMoney analysis found that the city was still dolling out tickets and arrest warrants at a disproportionate rate to minorities for minor offenses in an effort by the courts to collect fines for city revenue. Just last week, Ferguson municipal court judge Donald McCullin attempted to remedy that issue, when he ordered the withdrawal of all arrest warrants issued before December 31, 2014.
All of which strengthen activists’ argument that the real state of emergency has nothing to do with protesters, but the government who imposes the order. Just hours after a state of emergency was issued on the anniversary of Brown’s death, protesters smartly adopted the term to show that there is, indeed, an emergency in this nation.
More proof that the state of emergency exists in the Black community? Check out the numbers in this week’s The Retweet with GlobalGrind and NewsOne editor Christina Coleman.
For more episodes of The Retweet, see here. And to see how activists are changing the narrative, check out the #WhichEmergency hashtag.
Photographic Proof Not Much Has Changed In Ferguson Since Michael Brown’s Death
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1. 2014: Michael Brown’s lifeless body was left in the streets of Ferguson for more than four hours after he was killed by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9.
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2. 2015: Tyrone Harris, 18, was shot in Ferguson Sunday night by police for allegedly attacking them with a firearm. He remains in critical condition and is facing four charges of first-degree assault on law enforcement, five counts of armed criminal action, and one count of discharging a firearm at a motor vehicle.
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3. 2014: Unrest in Ferguson plagued the city after police officers clashed with protesters.
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4. 2015: Police stand to maintain the crowd after shots rang out on the anniversary of Mike Brown’s death.
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5. 2014: An unarmed protester was approached by police during protests in Ferguson. The image became one of the most memorable of the city’s uprising.
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6. 2015: A woman stands before police with her hands up in the air.
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7. 2014: After the shooting of Mike Brown and the death of Eric Garner, unrest continued to rise in Ferguson. After it was determined that Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the fatal shooting of the teen, protesters took to the streets.
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8. 2015: Since the death of Brown, over 100 men, women, and children of color have been killed by police. Worldwide protests have continued advocating for better training for police officers.
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9. 2014: A woman hit with pepper spray is doused with milk. Ferguson police issued curfews for protesters after incidents of arson and looting occurred during peaceful protests in the city.
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10. 2015: A year later, protesters say they too were hit with tear gas while protesting in the streets.
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11. 2014: The National Guard was called into Ferguson to “control” protests.
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12. 2015: A teen is caught in the crossfire during a shooting that took place in Ferguson on the anniversary of Mike Brown’s death.
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13. 2014: Army tanks filled the streets of Ferguson after protests turned violent in the city.
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14. 2015: St. Louis police with army gear arrive in Ferguson Sunday night.
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