Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, August 28 1963
From the greatest demonstration in the history of one nation, to another: Michael Brown, unarmed, aged 18, shot 6 times by a police officer, killed. From D.C. to Ferguson, more than 50 years later.
Here is the shooting officer Darren Wilson’s full testimony (starts at page 195). On page 228 Wilson confesses to shooting Brown more than once even after he sees Brown take a hit. And then the madness starts, mind you, we are talking of an unarmed and injured teenager against a fully armed police officer, still keen on shooting at him:
Wilson: At this point it looked like he was almost bulking up to run through the shots, like it was making him mad that I was shooting at him.
And the face that he had was looking straight through me, like I wasn’t even there, I wasn’t even anything in his way.
To Ferguson, its people, and the family of Michael Brown, in solidarity. And in Martin Luther’s words, “we must rise to the heights of meeting physical force with soul force.” Everyday…
And on civil rights, a lingering question: will America wake up from its half a century long slumber? From Emmett Tills, to Rodney Kings a long and bloody road is paved that extends to the killing of Michael Brown. Time to pause and rethink?