Protesters gathered outside the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building to rally against police brutality and the recent grand jury’s declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Estimated at over 200 protesters, the group marched down State Street to the state courthouse, the police station, and then back to the federal building. Protesters blocked streets and causing congested traffic during their protest.
The facts around the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson are almost beside the point by now. The news that has trickled out has yet to tell the whole story, but that incident is just the catalyst for the illustration of another problem that we’ve known has been growing for years, but maybe Ferguson, MO, is the tipping point that will reverse the trend of the militarization of police.