The chaos surrounding the recent police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri just got a little bit stranger. The police department in the town has refused to answer to the public regarding why they felt the need to shoot down the 18-year old, who was on his way to college. His body was left dead in the middle of the street, as officers have set up barricades, no fly zones and other obstructions to keep “outsiders” from knowing what’s going on in their city.
Most recently, Buzzfeed and other outlets are reporting that the police have gotten bold enough to even shoot tear gas at a Missouri state senator. Maria Chappelle-Nadal confronted the police chief after she says that she was one of the many protestors who was tear gassed during recent standoffs with the police.
Originally, it had been reported that the senator was taken into custody, but these reports proved to be false. Senator Chapelle-Nadal did ask Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson if she was going to be tear gassed again. Initially, Jackson blew off her question. But he later responded after finding out that she was a state senator.
“I hope not,” he finally said in response to her question after realizing that this was a question he could not ignore.
The police have released little information about what happened on the day that Brown was killed. The chief finally told the public that the officer involved in the incident was injured, but refused to release his name. The chief is asking protestors to only gather during the day, due to the dangers of large crowds coming together at night.
The clashes between protesters and the police have also resulted in journalists being arrested for reporting on the story.
The department is claiming that before the shooting, Brown was fighting with the officer. But a witness who was with Brown at the time of the shooting says that he put his hands up and wasn’t struggling with the officer at all. There has also been outrage over the fact that almost none of the witnesses to the shooting were interviewed by police at all.
In the interview below, former police officer Ken Williams speaks with Dr Boyce Watkins about the Michael Brown shooting. Williams explains what the officers did wrong and why there should certainly be a thorough investigation. A prosecution may also need to follow as well. Tell us what you think?