Small but passionate group protests in front of Newport City Hall over Ferguson, MO shooting of Michael Brown
A small but motivated group of Newport area residents demonstrated in front of Highway 101 rush hour traffic Friday evening in front of City Hall. They were angry and saddened at the shooting death of an 18 year old black Ferguson, MO teen who many say was gunned down in cold blood by Ferguson police – a punishment far exceeding the theft of minor food items from a nearby convenience food store – or supposedly scuffling with an officer at his car.
Both state and federal investigations into the shooting are still on going. An announcement on the results are likely to be announced shortly on the state’s investigation, but considerably later by the FBI. The officer who shot 18 year old Michael Brown is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
The protesters in front of Newport City Hall were outraged that not only was Michael Brown gunned down on a street in his own neighborhood, but also what happened two days later when a similar situation was faced by another black male in a black neighborhood in nearby St. Louis. In that case, a black man, reportedly with serious mental health issues, was cut down by police gunfire when police officers said he came at them with a knife. Video of the incident shows a completely different chain of events that led to the shooting. The video showed no sign of a knife and that the man was walking diagonally away from the officers when he was shot.
All protesters in front of Newport City Hall said that racism is alive and very malignant in American cultural. Also that the country is suffering from an abuse of an increasingly military looking and acting police and sheriff’s departments nationwide – many of them acquiring large quantities of regular military weaponry. Police across the country had complained for years that with the spread of semi-automatic weapons among American citizens, both law abiding and not, police needed comparable weaponry to stand a fighting chance at maintaining public safety and security. But one protester said that these major weapons were routinely pointed at law abiding protesters (protesting is not a crime) in Ferguson as well as in St. Louis – even at children.
Several protesters said they do NOT see local Lincoln County authorities in the same light whatsoever, but that it’s horribly painful to see what is happening in other parts of the country. And they want it stopped, one adding that these shootings have put black-white race relations back decades.
As the protesters waved their signs and enjoyed the favorable thumbs up from passing motorists an elderly woman approached the group and said that they should be ashamed of themselves for questioning the officers who were just doing their job, trying to arrest someone who stole from a store. One protester challenged her back saying thousands of Wall Street financial officials stole the American economy out from underneath the whole country. But nobody shot them.