Monday marked the six-month commemoration of the shooting death of unarmed, 18-year-old, African American Michael Brown by a white Ferguson, Mo., police officer.
Brown was shot to death on Aug. 9 and his body was left in the middle of Canfield Drive for hours. A memorial in the middle of the street and on both curbs remained in place Sunday.
The case symbolizes many people’s feelings that black lives don’t matter to authorities. Numerous protests have occurred, some of them turning violent with arrests.
Celebrities from NFL players to entertainers at the Grammy awards Sunday night have used the “hands up” gesture and “black lives matter,” which have been regular features in protests involving Brown’s case. Yet, the state grand jury in Missouri last year declined to file charges in Brown’s death, and all indications are that the Justice Department also will end its civil rights investigation without charges.
A Justice Department civil rights investigation of the Ferguson Police Department is ongoing.