Michael Brown’s Father Wants a New Investigation
Five Years After Michael Brown’s Death, His Father Wants a New Investigation
The death of Michael Brown Jr. set into motion profound changes in policing, race relations and society that continue to reverberate. “We’re not stopping until we get justice,” his father said.
The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. — one of roughly 1,000 people killed by the police each year — set into motion profound changes in policing, race relations and society that continue to reverberate.
Ferguson is a dramatically different city today than the one that erupted in violence five years ago after Mr. Brown’s death. The City Council, which had only one African-American member in 2014, now has six. The Police Department, which had only three African-Americans on its 53-member force, is now about half black. Its chief, Jason Armstrong, is African-American.
But Ferguson, its residents say, has stubbornly remained the same place. Black people are still stopped by the police at disproportionate levels. The poverty rate remains above 20 percent. The Police Department lacks a neighborhood policing plan and has failed to collect data on police use of force.