Sunday marked the one year anniversary of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. To recap, 18-year-old Brown was shot dead by Darren Wilson, a white police officer who was accused of using excessive force. Brown was then left on the street for hours in a pool of his own blood.
Soon after, there was a call for justice from Brown’s family, Ferguson citizens, community activists, and the nation. The Black Lives Matter movement came to light to protect future lives and demand equal justice for all.
Since the start of the movement, many unfortunate deaths involving police have become more apparent. The movement itself, however, has a good and bad reputation. Some thought the media focused too much on the violence associated with the protests. Stores were being looted, police cars were being set on fire, and bloody violence broke out. Even the loud chanting without physical violence was sometimes deemed as aggressive and a buildup to violence and retaliatory action, something that shouldn’t be assumed.
On Sunday night, there were peaceful protests that called for action, but also more violent ones that involved drive-by shootings.
One incident involved a drive-by shooting with 17 and 19-year-old men. An 18-year-old black male is also in critical condition after he was also shot by a police officer, according to Reuters. The injured suspect has been charged for shooting at the officer.
For now, a year later, Ferguson remains a very delicate and injured place. There is a lot of healing that still needs to occur. The excessive violence mixed with the peaceful protests this year have created more problems and have pushed back nationwide change.
It will take time to return to normal, but I believe that hope, determination, and peaceful marches from the activists in the Black Lives Movement will lead to positive results.