Ferguson Protesters: “The Results Are In And We Still Don’t Have Justice”
“In Ferguson, a wound bleeds.”
On Monday night, a grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed African-American teenage Michael Brown in August, Ferguson, Missouri.
In response, justice-seekers in Ferguson released an open letter signed by “numerous protesters and supporters.”
The letter reveals the black community’s continuing frustration with a justice system that continues to victimize and criminalize them. “The ‘system’ you have told us to rely on has kept us on the margins of society,” the letter reads.
Earlier on, Democracy Now! reported that the “jury decision set off outrage in communities not only throughout St. Louis, but across the country who see Brown’s killing as part of a wide-scale pattern of police mistreatment of people of color.”
Letter also promised to continue the search for justice for Michael Brown and other victims of police and racial violence in the United States. It said: “The work continues. This is not a moment but a movement. The movement lives.”
Meanwhile, here in Ottawa, hundreds gathered at the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday evening for a solidarity vigil for Brown. Similar protest events were planned for major cities across Canada.
Here’s the full text of the Ferguson protesters’ letter: