Courtesy of uproxx.com
The police have gone way too far, and thankfully the media is doing their best to reveal that.
Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer
this past Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri and since then, the town has been in shambles. Brown was an 18 year old African American man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and certainly encountered the wrong officer.
Since then, the town has been practically on the edge of anarchy, with protests and police crackdowns
. The problem isn't the fact that the citizens are in an uproar; the issue is that the law enforcement has gone way too far.
Police have been firing tear gas and rubber bullets at the protesters, which is the complete opposite of how to handle a precarious situation. Anyone with logic would understand that. The protests have mostly been peaceful but it seems two glass bottles were thrown at the police, and that's all it took to light the fire under the law enforcement's ass to 'retaliate' against those who are angry with the murder.
Not only were the citizens being assaulted, there were two reporters on scene that were arrested. One reporter was from the Huffington Post, and the other from the Washington Post. All they were doing there was their job, and due to a clear lack of supervision of the local law enforcement, they were forced to go through an arrest and a huge violation of their rights as members of the press. They're there to report things, no matter how good or bad, and infringing on the truth is abominable.
Furthermore, there was a camera crew for al-Jazeera America at the scene and they said that they were shot with rubber bullets, and that's all for simply just doing their job. Reporters with The Guardian even saw police shoot a can of gas at them as they attempted to try to take some footage; luckily nobody was hurt.
The governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, was said to be 'deeply troubled' by the chain of events in his state and were there today to visit and assess the situation.
The freedom of the press is a precious thing. Who else is going to be at the front lines, showing the rest of the world the situation? And if they are stopped from doing what they are paid to do, as well as what they love to do, simply due to the fact the law enforcement doesn't want to be exposed for who they are, then what is next? How far will the police go to make sure the truth doesn't get out, because that sure seems to be the situation in Missouri.
If you are in Ferguson right now, please be safe. But remember, you do have the right to document the world around you, no matter how nasty it gets.
This is too far, Missouri.
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