Michael Brown buried, millions mourn

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By Niles Williamson in the USA:

Thousands gather in St. Louis for Michael Brown’s funeral

26 August 2014

Several thousand people turned out Monday in St. Louis, Missouri to attend the funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old youth who was killed by a police officer in the suburb of Ferguson on August 9.

The attendance was a reflection of the widespread popular outrage over the police murder of Brown and the crackdown on protests that erupted over the killing. Brown’s death sparked two weeks of demonstrations that were violently repressed by a militarized police force armed with assault weapons and armored vehicles, and using flash-bang grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullets.

The governor of Missouri declared a “state of emergency” and called out the National Guard, placing Ferguson under police rule.

As hundreds of Brown’s family members, politicians, dignitaries, and others attended the service inside the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, thousands of workers from St. Louis and throughout the country gathered outside. Hundreds of people watched a live broadcast of the service in an overflow area across from the church that was open to the public.

A group of several hundred motorcycle club members gathered to ride at the head of the funeral procession.

University students throughout the country participated in protests during Brown’s funeral to express their opposition to his killing. Campuses that were reported to have participated in the #HandsUpWalkOut protest include George Mason University, Syracuse University, Antioch College, Sewanee, the University of Kansas and Washington University in St. Louis, where approximately 500 students gathered on the campus quad. …

Barbara Cole attended the funeral out of support for the Brown family because her son, Joseph Cole, had been killed by the Ferguson police in 2000. Police claim that Cole had fired a gun at them, but the autopsy did not show gun powder residue on his hands. “This is a rehash of what happened with my son, except this time it is getting the attention it deserves,” Cole said.

Shanjiwah, a nursing assistant from St. Louis, also came to support the Brown family and oppose the police response to protests. “I’m here because I need to be here. We are all family. What’s going on in our community is terrible. It needs to stop. If you bring out a bunch of cops in military outfits with military equipment you are going to get a response. Its opening people’s eyes. I pray to God we get some justice, because if we don’t it’s going to get worse.”

Shinita came out to express support for the Brown family. King’s daughter Kiera Tanter was killed in a 2012 killing, in a case that remains unsolved. She expressed anger at the limited police investigation. “My baby got killed at 16, and I still haven’t gotten any justice. I know how hard it is for [Brown’s] mother, she’s going to miss all of the little things he used to do. It’s going to get worse for her when his birthday comes around.” …

Eli, a veteran of the First Gulf War who served in the Navy from 1983 to 1994, spoke out about the militarized response of police to the Ferguson protests. “I was surprised by that. It was too much escalation. That’s stuff we used over in Iraq. It was uncalled for. I was in L.A. during the Rodney King riots and they didn’t use the heavy equipment like in Ferguson.”

The paramilitary siege of Ferguson, Missouri in recent weeks has underscored the extent to which the police in the United States have become more and more militarized. The school police of Compton, a working-class community of 100,000 in Los Angeles, are keeping up with this disturbing trend. In July, the school board of Compton Unified passed a policy that would allow school police to carry semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifles in their patrol car trunks while on duty: here.

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