The father of slain Missouri teenager Michael Brown, Michael Brown, Sr., has come forward with an emotional video to plead with supporters on the eve of a grand jury’s decision on his son’s shooter.
Instead of promoting protest or expressing anger, Mr. Brown asked for peace.
“My family and I are hurting. Our whole region is hurting. I thank you for lifting your voices to interracial profiling and police intimidation. But hurting others or destroying property is not the answer,” he said. “No matter what the grand jury decides, I do not want my son’s death to be in vain. I want it to lead to incredible change, positive change, change that makes the St. Louis region better for everyone. We live here together. This is our home. We are strongly united. Continue to lift your voices with us and let’s work together to heal and create lasting change for all people regardless of race.” (NBC News)
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According to reports and pictures, Missouri protestors took part in a “die-in” protest last weekend.
Braving the cold and the snow, more than a hundred people gathered on the streets of St. Louis Sunday, temporarily blocking a major intersection in the process. Reuters reported that dozens of people staged a “die-in” — which involved some protesters pretending to have been shot by others acting as police officers — as a way of honoring Brown’s memory. (News.Mic)
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a State of Emergency Monday (November 17).
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a State of Emergency in Missouri Monday afternoon, just days before a grand jury is expected to reach a decision about whether to indict Darren Wilson, the St. Louis County police officer who killed Michael Brown in August. The declaration, which is good for 30 days, also activates the National Guard in Missouri.
Rap heavyweights Game, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross and more recently hooked up to release their tribute-driven “Don’t Shoot” anthem.
“Time to take a stand and save our future/ Like we all got shot, we all got shot/ Throwing up our hands, don’t let ’em shoot us,” the chorus rings out. From there, we get verses that mix anger, sadness and critique from Game, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh and TGT, as well as an intro from DJ Khaled. (MTV)