Children of the world

Children of the world

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown on Saturday, Aug. 9, outside of an apartment complex. Brown was an unarmed 18 year old African American.  According to police, Brown had been stopped for jaywalking, not a robbery.

Brown was killed while he was in the process of surrendering to the police.  The police have confirmed the only guns found on the crime scene were from Offcier Wilson’s gun. Wilson shot the first bullet from his cop car, which was about 35 feet away from Brown.  “I definitely do not think it should have happened because he was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Sesay said. 

There was an independent preliminary autopsy done on Brown’s body, which revealed that Wilson had shot Brown six times from the front, one bullet hit the top of Browns head, while the other two bullets struck Brown on the head. 

Officer Wilson has been working witht the police force for almost six years, and there has never been an act of disciplinary action on his record.  Due to his actions of the Brown shooting, he was been put on paid administrative leave. 

One of Brown’s friends, Dorian Johnson, had eye witnessed his death.  He had been with Brown minutes before he had been shot. He explains it as him and Brown were walking in the middle of the street when Wilson intercepted them, and told them to walk on the sidewalk. 

As Wilson was trying to get out of his car, he opened his door and it hit Brown and Johnson, then hit Wilson.  When the door hit Wilson it upset Wilson, which made Wilson grab Brown by the neck, which made Brown try and resist.  While Brown tried to get away Wilson pulled out his gun and shot Brown. 

At this moment, Johnson and Brown got up and started to run away.  While they were running away Brown realized he had been shot, he turned around and put his hands up.  That was the moment when Officer Wilson had continued shooting and shot Brown six times. 

AHS is a school with many students with many diferent races.  the students here at Annandale are informed about the situation.  “I think racism still exists,” Sesay said. 

Although this situation had happened outside of the state, people in the area still feel very strong about what is going on. 

This is a very strong topic that affects people in different ways.  “I cannot really say who’s side I am on because no one really knows the whole story,” Sesay said.

The Ferguson case is still under investigation and may take many months until the first trial happens. 

“My parents told me to be careful when it comes to talking back to the police, because of the Ferguson issue that is happening now, its getting harder to stay safe in public,” Sesay said.