Michael Brown Killed in Ferguson, Missouri

14th August 2014

For now, this is a living post, updated as I gather things here.

Jessica Lussenhop

How to Help

• A List of the Michael Brown Vigils happening at August 14, 2014 at 7pm EST/4pm PT. The one for San Francisco is in Civic Center Plaza.
A Ferguson bail and legal fund for those arrested during the police-brutality demonstrations

“You didn’t have to shoot him eight times… You just shot all through my baby’s body.” -Michael Brown’s Mother, Leslie McSpadden (via Brittany_noble)

“It was just horrible to watch, and it hurt him a lot. I saw it in his eyes.” -Dorian Johnson, who was walking with Michael Brown when the 18-year-old was shot and killed by a police officer


Timeline from CBS Local in St. Louis”
August 11: “It is announced that the FBI is opening a parallel investigation to that of the St. Louis County Police Department concerning possible civil rights violations.”
Audio recap of early events in Ferguson from KMOV Reporter Brittany Noble
“Sunday night I saw lots of crowds of people, I saw police trying to work with those crowds and calm them down, but then the crowds became so violent, kicking the police cars and putting their hands surrounding the police and trying to intimidate them that police were almost leaving the area… It’s my understanding that the family is very disappointed with some of the violent reactions from the community.”
32 Powerful Images from Ferguson After the Death of Michael Brown, Buzzfeed
Detailed breakdown and analysis by Dara Lind on Vox. Ed: This is the most organized thing I’ve seen so far if you want details.

Current Information
• The Ferguson tag on Twitter
Twitter List of Professional and Amateur Journalists in Ferguson
Reddit Live Feed
Ferguson coverage on Boing Boing

Jeff Roberson/AP

“Part of the reason we’re seeing so many black men killed is that police officers are now best understood less as members of communities, dedicated to keeping peace within them, than as domestic soldiers.”
America is Not Safe for Black People by Greg Howard

Mario Anzuoni for Reuters

“Police forces usually fall into one of two categories, though there some grey situations between the two. You either protect the rule of law and the population, or you’re the type of police force that’s there to protect the regime. What’s happening in Ferguson is what regime protection forces do, not what rule of law police do.”
“They have the toys, and they just want to play with them, to put it bluntly. They look like guys playing army.”
– Jason Fritz, an Iraq war vet and specialist on policing in conflict zones on Vox

New York Times Graphics

Child uses a rag to shield his face from tear gas. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

“[In Ferguson] three police officers out of 53 are black. Brown’s shooting was the first homicide recorded in Ferguson this year.” – Zachary Wilcha in Untied Mag

Reporter hit with tear gas in Ferguson
Orginal raw video without reporter voiceover is here

Jeff Roberson for AP

From What I saw in Ferguson by Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker:
“There’s not a tradition of unrest in St. Louis. Even in the sixties, when the rest of the country was exploding, you didn’t have that kind of thing here. And if there was some kind of problem it almost never lasted more than a day.” – Activist Etefia Umana
“The people who live in Canfield Green, the apartment complex where Brown was shot while on his way to visit his grandmother, not only witnessed his death but were subjected to an undignified wake: his prone figure sprawled on the street for four hours in the unforgiving August sun, with blood on the asphalt—an indignity in sharp contrast with the quick departure of the officer from the scene.”

Social Media

Ryan J. Reilly, reporter arrested in McDonald who says an officer slammed his head against a vending machine.
Ferguson board on Pinterest by Jenifer Ancona
• The alleged name of Michael Brown’s shooter is reported on Twitter by Anonymous, and the account is suspended:

“Unfortunately, Mike Brown is but the latest in a series of disturbing events regarding police behavior against people of color. New York City’s “stop and frisk” policy is but a minor example of the micro-aggressions black men face on a daily basis. Many black people I know have their own stories about being followed in a store or stopped for “driving while black”, or other encounters in racial bias. But too often, this bias turns violent. Just this summer, an Arizona professor was thrown to the ground by a police officer for “jaywalking” to avoid street construction at the crosswalk . . . at the same time groups of white people can be seen crossing behind the altercation in the dashcam video. A few weeks ago, a grandmother was jaywalking and a highway patrol officer took her to the ground and brutally beat her, punching her in the face repeatedly – which was caught on tape by a stunned stranger. Earlier this month another man was stopped by police for selling cigarettes and was put into a choke hold and killed.” – Kristen Howerton, Racial Bias, Police Brutality, and the Dangerous Act of Being Black

“I’m tired of turning on the news and seeing a story of some unarmed black person gunned down or otherwise killed, and being horrified, but even more horrifically, not all that surprised.” – Karen Walrond, Affected

8 thoughts on “Michael Brown Killed in Ferguson, Missouri

  1. Nicole B.

    Why in the world would anyone donate money to get people out of jail that were arrested for good reason? Those people you’re advocating your readers to “bail & bond” their money to, attacked police officers. They burned down QuikTrip and looted surrounding stores of everything (wheel shop & bakery have NOTHING now). This story has become way too heated and social media is doing nothing but making things worse. 30 miles away from St. Louis, where I live in St. Charles, we had SWAT teams waiting in case any of those looters decided to try anything in our town. Let the family grieve & we can pay our respects to the young boy. That is all. Let the police system/government do their job. This is ridiculous.

    Nicole B.

  2. Ari

    Thanks for this. There’s a vigil gathering tonight in San Jose that’s not on the list yet, at Plaza de Cesar Chavez (in case anyone else here is local and closer to SJ than to SF or Oakland).

  3. Stacey

    Thank you, Maggie, both for gathering all this in one place and for calling attention to the situation in Ferguson in a space that a lot of people traffic. It has been made very clear that what is happening in Missouri has been misrepresented by a lot of mainstream media and a lot of people are unaware of what’s really happening. I hope those who see this will take it upon themselves to delve a little deeper and listen a little harder to something other than local news.

  4. renee

    Nice work, Maggie, thank you. Of the people, by the people, for the people…we are the government and we are trying to do our job. It’s painfully obvious the police in Ferguson aren’t doing theirs correctly.

  5. Martha

    I’m probably going to come off like a complete a**hole, but I’m disappointed at the media coverage that this story is getting. Not that it shouldn’t be covered at all – after all, a young man’s life was taken and with what seems like an abuse of power. But this past weekend a 7 year old boy was shot while riding in the back seat of his family’s car, on the way home from a family reunion. The family was African American and they were in an African American area of town (I’m in Louisiana). The person that shot him was just driving by. For now there seems no connection because they haven’t even identified the shooter. The dad of the victim initially thought he’d had a blow out, only to turn around and realize his one son had been killed and his other son was grazed by the bullet. There was an article in the newspaper and a some coverage on our local news. This is the 34th homicide in my city THIS YEAR. I’ve seen more coverage of Ferguson this week than of this poor kid. Where are his vigils? Where are the social media blitzes and outcries for this family?
    However unjust either situation is, I don’t believe looting or property destruction will lead to any sort of resolution.
    I do appreciate you gathering this information in one place, so we can choose what to read and if we want to help.

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