Then & Now Photos Of Ferguson Show That Not Much Has Changed One Year Later
Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of 18-year-old Micheal Brown's death. Brown was fatally shot by white police officer Darren Wilson, who ultimately wasn't indicted on criminal charges for the shooting, but the incident has since brought national attention to the way that police treat minorities and has helped accelerate the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Mostly peaceful protesters took to the streets in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday to remember Brown and remind people that the fight against police brutality is just beginning. But gunfire rang out Sunday, and protesters were met with tear gas and mace, though they couldn't disperse as police had requested because they were blocked in by barriers. As much as people have sought for change, the then-and-now photos of the Ferguson protests are eerily similar.
Just like they were one year ago, police were dressed in riot gear before Sunday's protests. Police claimed a suspected gunman allegedly stole a 9mm and shot at officers, according to The New York Times. Police haven't confirmed the identity of the alleged gunman, who was seriously injured and identified by his father as Tyrone Harris, Jr. And social media users are saying the occurrence of yet another shooting on the anniversary of Brown's death is horrifying but indicative of police relations in black communities. Photos of this year's protests are now almost indistinguishable from photos taken just after Brown's death. The below photos show Sunday's protests on top and photos from 2014 taken just after Brown's death below.
Police In Riot Gear
Police are wearing riot gear in both instances, and some Twitter users point out that this is done despite the fact that they expect protesters to remain peaceful and to avoid aggression.
Young Black Man Is Shot
Harris Jr. was shot by an officer and taken to a nearby hospital. He is in unstable, critical condition, according to the Times. Harris Jr.'s father, Tyrone Harris Sr., told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he believes there is more to the story than what police have said.
Protesters have been arrested for blocking traffic or disrupting other daily activities, just like last year's protests.
Photos of protests on Sunday are almost indistinguishable from photos of protests after Brown's death or after the grand jury decision not to indict Wilson.
Standoffs With Police
Many protesters and Brown's father have said that nothing has really changed since his son's death, according to the Daily Mail.