Thursday, November 27, 2014

UK: Thousands Protest at US Embassy in London Over Michael Brown Shooting

According to AFP, thousands protested in London on Wednesday (November 26) in sympathy with demonstrations across the US over the killing of a black teenager by a white police officer.

The decision not to prosecute Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, sparked anger and racially-charged unrest in cities across the United States this week.

The roughly five thousand London protesters held signs reading "Black lives matter" and chanted "Hands up, don't shoot," the slogan adopted by protesters in the US.

At a rally outside the US Embassy, relatives of black men killed by police in Britain addressed the crowd.

"We need to send a message to Mike Brown's family," said Carol Duggan, the aunt of Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old black man whose shooting by police in 2011 was followed by riots. "We feel the pain, we know the pain, of losing somebody at the hands of the police.

COMMENT: Despite the rhetoric and the size of the protesters gather  near the US Embassy in London, the protesters easily forget that Michael Brown refused to stop in his intention to seize police officer Darren Wilson's service weapon and potentially shoot him with it.

Additionally, Brown outweighed Wilson by nearly 100 pounds and refused to comply with the police officer's instructions to stop.

Also lost in translation was the fact that Brown had just stolen property from a merchant who he had overpowered with his brute size and strength.

Over two-thousand National Guard soldiers were deployed to back up the police in Ferguson, a suburb of 21,000 inhabitants outside the city of St Louis, after fires and looting at protests this week.

The outcry followed a conclusion by a grand jury that police officer Darren Wilson acted in self-defense. Wilson has said that he believes he acted appropriately.

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