Chanting: “Hands up, don’t shoot,” protesters in front of the White House are calling for reforms in police training and procedures.
Two weeks ago unarmed black teen Michael Brown was shot and killed by White police officer Darren Wilson. Facts are still emerging about what led up to the incident but many protesters say regardless of the circumstances, over-policing in black communities across the country is an issue that needs to be addressed. Protests have been continuing in Ferguson, Missouri, where the shooting happened. There have been riots, looting, arrests and at least one person killed during the days-long demonstrations. It’s been two weeks since the Michael Brown shooting. Protesters here are participating in a national “Day of Rage” a nationwide protest. Many here say they would like to see Darren Wilson the police officer accused of shooting Brown, indicted. Chris King says regardless of race, the United States needs to have deeper discussions on race relations and the relationship police have with their communities. Townspeople in Ferguson say that this week’s tensions mark the climax of long-standing racial prejudice perpetrated by local police force and law enforcement. Protesters here say it’s a nationwide problem that doesn't get enough attention in the US. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson this week ordering a federal investigation into the shooting. Results are pending.