Causes of Ferguson Shooting

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On August 9th, 2014, an eighteen year old boy named Michael Brown was shot dead by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The cause of this shooting has been hotly debated, and the subject of many recent protests around the country. This essay will attempt to list and analyze potential causes of the shooting, including the fact that he didn’t listen to the cops and that Brown was the aggressor in the attack. When Darren Wilson first saw Michael Brown, it had nothing to do with the fact that he had just stolen cigars from a convenience store, but rather the fact that he was walking down the middle of the street, or jaywalking. Wilson pulled his car up and told Brown and his friend to get out of the street. Then, Michael Brown refused and started cussing at the cop. What happened after that remains a mystery, as the stories range from Brown punching Darren Wilson first to Wilson opening fire. However, the fact remains that if Brown hadn’t been jaywalking, and if he would have listened to Darren Wilson, there’d be no reason for Wilson to use deadly force. After Brown started cussing at Darren Wilson, Wilson said that Brown started beating him up, and eventually reached inside the SUV for his gun. There were two shots fired by Wilson, one grazing Brown’s thumb, and the other missing him. By this time, Wilson had identified Brown and his friend Dorien Johnson as suspects in a convenient store robbery and had called for backup. As soon as Wilson fired, Brown ran away. Wilson got out of his SUV and chased him on foot. Suddenly, Brown stopped running and turned around to look at Darren Wilson. Wilson told him to get on the ground, but instead of ending the chase, he charged Darren Wilson. This is when Darren Wilson’s first major shot hit him, but he didn’t slow down. Wilson fired again, this time hitting Brown in the head and therefore killing him.

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