- Posted August 14, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
'Black lives matter' protests
Looking at the Timeline of Events...Do the President's Comments Help or Hurt?
On August 9th Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer.
On August 10th a candlelight vigil was held in Brown’s honor. That vigil turned violent; more than a dozen businesses were vandalized and looted. More than 30 people were arrested.
On August 11th Death threats were reported by Ferguson police and city leaders. Hundreds of protesters gather outside Ferguson Police Department demanding justice for Brown’s death; 7 people were arrested. Later in the day, Brown’s parents and attorney hold a press conference to ask to stop the violence and demand justice for their son. Later that evening Community members and leaders meet and pray at a meeting hosted by the NAACP. That night several people gather on West Flouissant Avenue in Ferguson, the police use tear gas to disperse the crowds that did not protest peacefully.
On August 12th, in the early morning hours, police make 15 arrests from events on the evening of the 11th. Later in the morning protesters gather at St Louis County Police Department Headquarters for a peaceful protest where a list of demands were given relating to the investigation into Brown’s death. At noon, Reverend Al Sharpton arrives in St. Louis to speak to Brown’s family. Sharpton and Brown’s family spoke on the Old Courthouse steps, demanding justice for Brown. That afternoon, officials charge 9 people in relation to looting in Ferguson. Later in the day, president Obama makes a statement, offering condolences and urging reflection and understanding. That evening Governor Jay Nixon, St. Louis Mayer and other leaders come together to speak on the Brown Case. Reverend Al Sharpton and the brown family urge peaceful flight toward justice. That night tension flared again between police and protesters.
On August 13th the police request that protests and vigils be held during the daytime due to the tensions between police and protesters. That afternoon, the Justice Department opens a federal civil rights investigation related to the Brown shooting. It was disclosed that Brown had no criminal background. That evening it was decided to postpone the first day of school until August 18th due to safety concerns for its students. Later in the day the police detain two reporters; one from the Huffington Post and the other from the Washington Post. That night police begin to throw tear gas at protesers in Ferguson in order to disperse the crowds. Police also push media back and throw tear gas near an Al Jazeera American crew.
On August 14th the police announce 16 arrests and that two police officers were injured during the 4th night of violence. City Alderman French was released without formal charges. President speaks about the shooting again; He said:
“There’s no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests or to throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights.”
What I want to know, looking back at the timeline I provided above, do the presidents statements help or do they hurt the situation?