More than a week after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, protests continue in Ferguson, Missouri. On Wednesday, the local grand jury tasked with deciding whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson convened. While their decision is still unknown, what is clear is that the local protesters aren't going anywhere.
I went to Ferguson because as a young photojournalist, I wanted to see for myself what was going on there. It wasn't Syria or Egypt or Libya. It was home. Because I'm from St. Louis, Missouri, less than an hour away, I knew I needed to see what was happening for myself. I wanted to see if what was being said in the news was true, and I especially wanted to see what wasn't being said at all.
What I've found is that the news coming out of Ferguson is not so much one-sided as it is one-dimensional. What the media has failed to capture, in my opinion, is who the real individuals on the ground protesting are. We hear how many people are injured and shot when violence erupts, but rarely do we know what these same people's motivations are.
From being victims of police harassment themselves to patriotism, every protester in Ferguson has a reason why they are out on the streets in support of Michael Brown. So I decided to ask them why they're demonstrating. Here’s what they told me.
Celina, 24 and Martha, 22
Amanda, 33 and Allison, 32
Abigail, 20, Tony, 22, Camelita, 41, Lexus, 23, Tony, 21, Jaron, 19
Ralanda, 19 and Jamarica, 19
Jennifer, 48 and Devlin, 10
"Clayton supports Ferguson. Equal representation in government."
"Ferguson cares! Ferguson is our home. Justice needs to be served."
Images: Jim An