When the nation heard about the lack of indictment in the case of Officer Darren Wilson shooting Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August, the reaction was immediate and violent. Across the country, there have been protestors vandalizing storefronts, vehicles, and disruption of the flow of society. Regardless of what side of the fence you stand on, this is a tense and difficult time for America. People are hurt, scared, and confused. Here’s some of the conversation around the country regarding the initial incident, the court’s finding, and the riots.
“We were perhaps not optimistic, but we were at least hopeful we would have a better night,” St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, of the riots that continued the night after Darren Wilson was not indicted.
“They have given us no justice! We will give them no peace.” –Underground Atlanta protestors.
“We are on the side of Michael Brown to fight for what is right. We may have lost round one, but the fight is not over.” – Reverend Al Sharpton
“I know I did my job right.” – Darren Wilson
“I just felt the immense power that he had. And then the way I’ve described it is it was like a 5-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan. That’s just how big this man was. He was very large, very powerful man.” – Darren Wilson
“We will continue to disrupt life, because without disruption we fear for our lives. We march on with purpose. The work continues. This is not a moment but a movement. The movement lives.” – Ferguson protest leaders, in an open letter
“I could say for sure he never put his hands up after he did his body gesture, he ran towards the officer full charge. The officer fired several shots.” – Witness
“The process is broken. The process should be indicted.” – Benjamin Crump, attorney for the Brown family