All Eyes on Ferguson

All eyes are on Ferguson, Missouri, where a modern day grand jury takes a page from history in a fight for equal civil rights. Armed with little more than their bare hands and the high hopes in their hearts, Ferguson residents moonlighting the has-been Black Panthers stand at the ready to defend the memory of Michael Brown.


The tension has been stirring for decades with little controversy to challenge the long-standing debate of whether or not blacks are equal to whites. This delicate balance was challenged after the shooting death of a black teenage boy, Michael Brown, by a white police officer named Darren Wilson.

The Missouri governor, Jay Nixon, spoke at a conference, “Peace, respect and restraint. We hope that everyone, no matter on what side, shows mutual respect towards others.”  This is the reality of the Michael Brown controversy.


“Hands up. Don’t Shoot.” The motto that has graced the headlines. With hands raised up, and stuttering steps skipping across the pavement, six bullets killed Michael Brown.

Because of the great unrest surrounding the trial, and ultimately a Grand Jury decision deciding Darren Wilson’s fate, the Department of Public Safety has taken extensive measures to ensure the safety after violent quarrels. 400 National Guard soldiers were stationed at police stations, utility service buildings, and fire stations. Police officers across the country were on edge and warned to stay cautious of impassioned rioters.


“I want people to think with their heads and not their hands”, said Charlie Dooley, St. Louis County Executive. “We are not that [violent] kind of people. We are one community”.


With all eyes on Ferguson, the verdict is no indictment for white police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown.


Despite peace talks, and the Brown family pleading with fellow allies there still were a great amount of disturbance surrounding the verdict. Select groups swarmed the streets, causing havoc in Ferguson. A police car was vandalized near a riot squad barrier before policemen in riot gear expanded the barrier to protect the patrol vehicle. Reportedly, another police-operated car was doused in lighter fluid with the intention of setting the vehicle ablaze.


Police were not the only ones targeted by rioters. Journalist Marcus DiPaola recounts the night of Michael Brown’s funeral: 15 to 20 people, some of them armed, rushed them [the cameramen] and demanded they stop filming… members of the group smashed the windows of his car… and pointed a gun at the head of the videographer.


At the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, more protests were exhibited along the parade route. Earlier that week, the hashtag #Stoptheparade warned of the protesters plan to disrupt the parade. Seven people were arrested after attempting to approach a float.


In addition to these violent riots, antagonistic organizations have somehow mixed themselves into the chaos. ‘Hacktivist’ group Anonymous has unveiled the idea that the Klu Klux Klan, KKK, was behind the the Mike Brown shooting death. They claim that it was not Darren Wilson who has direct ties to the Klan but his girlfriend Officer Barbara Spradling, also a Ferguson police woman.


Anonymous has no real agenda, and no distinguished leaders. While it is clear that they have no true mission statement their actions are directed towards the welfare of the general population. Operation Ferguson started when Anonymous called Congress to attention, and requested that they make stricter laws pertaining to police brutality.


True to its name, after not seeing the desired results, the hacker group released a mass amount of personal information of perpetrators of the crime. In addition, they threatened to release even more exclusive data including social security numbers, addresses, and phone numbers of Ferguson police officers.
The chaos continues to reign as thousands of protesters swarm the streets in peaceful “die-ins” and violent property terrorizing rages. It has been made clear that these outbursts of revolt and freedom to assemble demonstrations will not cease in the near future until there is justice. The question now is: When will Congress take action?