The one year anniversary of the controversial shooting of Mike Brown has arrived, and many ask the question, what has really changed? Police are still shooting unarmed citizens like cattle, with some being punished or held responsible for the victims, while some are let off scot-free. How are officers who are paid and trained to uphold the law consistently violating and escaping proper punishment by the law?
Recently, peaceful protests have been held in Ferguson on the anniversary of Mike Brown being shot by Darren Wilson. In light of the revival of protest around the anniversary, a few people have been murdered by the police due to violence breaking out. Recently, a friend of Mike Brown, Tyrone Harris was shot. He is listed as being in critical condition.
Many people question the way people police these communities, and question to themselves whether or not Mike Brown’s death could have been prevented. The standing factor with all these deaths is the fact that they are unarmed. Recently, “Oathkeepers” have been patrolling Ferguson with assault rifles. “Oathkeepers” are ex-military, firefighters, and policemen who serve the purpose to protect the constitution against all enemies domestic and foreign. Protestors question who they are and why they are exactly there. It raises eyebrows that none of these “Oathkeepers” have been harassed or arrested, but many protesters have been arrested for simple, harmless things such as filming the police, which isn’t against the law whatsoever. If anything positive can be drawn from this incredibly negative situation, more people are aware, more people are protesting, and more people are fighting for equality in America.