The grand jury’s decision to drop indictment of a white police official, who was involved in fatal shooting of an 18-year-old black boy, has triggered huge protests and demonstration across the United States.
People in large numbers thronged the streets of Ferguson (Missouri) on the second day on Tuesday calling the grand jury’s decision as ‘unfair’.
18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead by officer Darren Wilson on August 9 this year in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. The killing of a black teenager by a 28-year-old white police officer has inflamed the longstanding racial tension in the United States, especially between the African-Americans and the police.
The protesters nationwide stood in support of Brown, asking the law enforcement officials to refrain “hands up, don’t shoot”.
Thousands of protesters turned up on the streets of St. Louis, New York, California, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Georgia and many other cities in the US, shouting slogans like –“No justice, No peace.”, “Jail killer cops” and “Justice for Mike Brown.”
“The system wasn’t made to protect us. To get justice, the people themselves have to be justice,” said 17-year-old Naesha Pierce, who was protesting in Cleveland.
The demonstrators in St. Louis slammed the police action and thronged the steps of the federal courthouse while chanting, “You didn’t indict! We shall fight!”
Hundreds of people, especially from historically black schools like Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College, in Georgia held peaceful demonstrations against the grand jury’s decision.