By now, you’ve probably noticed that Ferguson is in a state of chaos.
The riots, the fires, the exploding ammunition, the swarms of police and the deployed tear gas are all shocking visuals, but do you have any idea what it’s all about? We’re sure you know it has something to do with the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. But a lot of things have happened since then to help rile up public anger.
After Brown was shot by police officer Darren Wilson, which some witnesses say happened while the 18-year-old’s hands were up, his mother created a makeshift memorial on the street where he died. According to various reports, that memorial was crushed by police cruisers and was even urinated on by a police dog.
Since then the presence of cops, complete with gas masks and sniper rifles, has only served to further deteriorate the relationship between citizens and their authorities. There have been countless allegations of police brutality through the course of the protests, and yesterday’s decision by the grand jury to not move forward with criminal charges for Wilson led to riots and destruction.
In just 4 minutes, the video above details exactly how the city in Missouri got to where it is now. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.