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Fatal Police Shooting of Black Man in Ferguson, Missouri Prompts Riots, Protests, and Accusations of Police Racism

The fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014, led to massive unrest, spurring a national conversation on racism in the US, and on the relationship between black communities and the police. From August to November, protests, riots, and some looting persisted in Ferguson and in cities around the country. The issues around Brown's death were amplified by the police shooting of Cleveland 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November and the death of Eric Garner, and asthmatic man who died in a police chokehold in New York in July. Protests flared again on November 24 and December 3 as grand juries decided not to indict any police officers in the deaths of either Brown and Garner, respectively. In March 2015, a Department of Justice report said the Ferguson police department and court system reflected and exacerbated an "existing racial bias”.
The fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014, led to massive unrest, spurring a national conversation on racism in the US, and on the relationship between black communities and the police. From...
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