The people have been agitating in the streets of Ferguson since early in the month for justice for the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson. Militarized police forces and even Army personnel have been sent not the city due to (mostly peaceful) unrest. People have been demonstrating the deaths of Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford and Ezell Ford, four unarmed Black males killed by law enforcement, but Brown’s killing has been the central issue, as Wilson remains free and uncharged.
Today, the family of Mike Brown will lay the teen (who would be enjoying his early days of college) to rest. They are asking that the public respect their somber day with silence. According to Buzzfeed, Mike Brown’s father, Michael Brown, Sr. said on St. Louis’s Hot 104.1 FM, “I would like for no protesting going on. We just want a moment of silence that whole day. Just out of respect for our son.” The funeral is scheduled for 10 AM today.
Brown’s funeral is reported to be in a St. Louis church which can accommodate 4,500 mourners. Thousands are expected to show up as well as Rev. Al Sharpton and three officials from the White House.
Regardless of the wishes of the family, the brash and controversial Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket the funeral in opposition to the St. Louis Rams drafting openly gay defensive lineman, Michael Sam according to the Washington Post. They are known for protesting against major events based around gay bashing.
Hopefully, things will be silent in Ferguson today, but the quest for justice for Mike Brown in far from over.