A new investigation by CNN has shed light on a protest in Ferguson, Missouri during the height of the conflict there between authorities and protesters over the shooting death of Michael Brown, a black teen by a white police officer. The incident and protest of August 9, 2014 were poorly documented, CNN found.
According to the TV news network, CNN commissioned audio files from the days of the protest, in which portions of protesters’ diaries were found. Some of the accounts describe witness accounts of police personnel punching a person or hurling the likes of tear gas at them. In one account, a protester was led away by police after refusing to leave the area.
Brown, then 18, was shot on August 9, 2014 while walking down a street with a friend. At the time, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch had announced that Darren Wilson, the white police officer involved in the incident, would not be indicted for any criminal charges. Despite the decision, Brown’s family claimed their son had been killed in cold blood, and Brown’s death sparked nationwide protests. After his death, a rash of looting, arson, and vandalism occurred across the region.
CNN’s project, titled “Reclaiming the past: Inside a protest on the day Michael Brown was killed,” examined how a protester “snooped” out an audio record of an incident in which she claimed to be “left with a scar and blood on her clothes.” The hours-long recording by Karen Schlimm reportedly caused a police arrest, which Schlimm recorded, leading to the suspension of two officers. The lawyer for the officers said his client’s arrest was unjustified and denied his client used excessive force.
The Ferguson shooting was one of several flashpoints in the nation’s debate over race in policing that led to “Black Lives Matter,” a group whose activism, focused on policing and, later, in the treatment of minorities, has only recently gained steam.
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