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Ferguson's Never-Ending Crime

posted Mar 23, 2015, 11:20 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 23, 2015, 11:21 AM ]
KiaLynne Bland

    It all started Aug. 9, 2014, when Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old man was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a 28-year-old white Ferguson, Miss. police officer. Since then, Ferguson has been the city known as a never-ending crime scene.

Wilson was decided by a grand jury as not guilty on Nov. 24, 2014. Though several protests occurred throughout America because of the grand jury’s decision, Ferguson was kept off the news for many months since Wilson’s fate. That all changed March 4, 2015, when The U.S. Justice Department announced they would not prosecute Wilson in Brown’s death, and released a report criticizing the city’s police department and law enforcement for racial bias.

According to The U.S. Justice Department’s report, Ferguson’s black citizens are subjected to excessive police force such as wrongly stopped traffic stops and getting stopped just for walking down the street. Racist emails were also unfolded, some insulting President Barack Obama for his race.

As a result of the reports, several more protests took place throughout Ferguson, and Thomas Jackson, Ferguson’s police chief resigned. Jackson’s resignation is effective March 19, and is one of six Ferguson police department’s employees to be fired or to resign.

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In addition to the unfortunate events that took place in Ferguson, two St. Louis surrounding police officers were shot in front of the Ferguson Police Department during a protest on March 12, one in the shoulder and one in the face. A massive manhunt for the shooter took place, and eventually led to 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams. Williams was arrested and charged with 1 count of firing a weapon from a vehicle, 2 counts of first-degree assault, and 3 counts of armed criminal activity. His bond is set for $300,000 in cash, with a possibility of more counts being added on, along with others being charged with him. Though Williams’ motive is unclear, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says, "We could have buried two police officers. I feel very confident that whoever did this --- came there for whatever nefarious reason that it was."

With all that has happened in Ferguson over the past months, it’s obvious that the city is in need of desperate need of healing. Many news reporters, including Ferguson’s citizens, agree that in order for healing to occur, all major officials need to step down in order for Ferguson to start new and fresh. However, mayor James Knowles says he has no plans to resign, and continues to try to provide support for the city. The citizens are not pleased by this, and are working to try to persuade Knowles to step down.