The Ferguson movement gained steam after Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was cleared of any wrongdoing in the killing of teenager Mike Brown. Te movement gained even more steam after the NYPD officer responsible for choking Staten Island father, Eric Garner to death was let off the hook by a New York City grand jury. People are fed up with irresponsible police officers using unarmed citizens for target practice and have shown their disdain by protesting across the nation. Highways have been shut down and “die-ins” have been prominent in protests and there are sure to be more on the way as a new instance of police brutality or excessive force is reported, seemingly, daily.
Though Darren Wilson is free and clear, the Department of Justice decided to perform its own autopsy on the body of Mike Brown. It is said that Brown experienced “‘severe injuries of the skull, brain and right chest’ and appeared to have been shot in the hand at close range.” These findings mirrored findings by the St. Louis medical examiner and the examiner hired by the Brown family to perform a private autopsy. However, the Department of Justice examiner ruled that Brown’s death was, indeed, a homicide.
Weeks after the grand jury decided to not charge Wilson, the St. Louis Prosecutor’s Office released the Department of Justice’s autopsy report as well as witness interviews and audio recordings of police transmissions leading up to and after Wilson shot Mike Brown to death. Brown’s family should be expected to file a civil suit.