Following the recent fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, racial tensions in Ferguson have been higher than ever.
The Huffington Post reported yesterday that at the site where Michael Brown was shot and killed, a memorial has sprung up in his honor with an increasing number of flowers, teddy bears and signs being left there by people coming to offer their tributes.
Motherjones.com reported after Michael Brown’s mother came to place flowers at the site tensions between cops and the people there became even more inflamed. That report alleged that soon after Brown’s mother arrived at the site, cops turned out with dogs and stood near to the memorial.
According to the report, an officer let the dog he was handling off it’s leash and, to the shock of the onlookers there, it allegedly urinated on the Michael Brown memorial. An eyewitness spoke to reporters at the scene telling them that she saw the dog pee on the memorial and was extremely distraught about it.
When police tried to drive past the memorial they allegedly ran over the flowers of the memorial in a flagrant display of disrespect.
Apart from many troubling realities which the death of Michael Brown has thrown up, it has been suggested that eyewitness reports from Ferguson haven’t always been that reliable. At the time Brown was shot by the officer, for example, some witnesses said that the victim had his hands up,but that account doesn’t explain how the officer received a nasty face injury, which it seems was administered by Brown during the incident.
The protests at the Michael Brown memorial have died down over the past week as the community there tries to pick up the pieces after this tragedy.
De Andrea Nichols, a social entrepreneur from St. Louis, told The Huffington Post at the protests last week:
“This is bigger than Mike Brown. This is an issue that has been occurring regularly in our nation, and it took this death to make everyone go over the tipping point. In the future, we shouldn’t have to wait for something to happen to have our measures, our strategies, our tactics in place to prevent it.”