Protesters will gather at the Barclays Center today at noon to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's death. Brown, 18, was unarmed when he was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. His death sparked the Black Lives Matter movement and ensuing solidarity marches, especially after the officer wasn't indicted.
The group organized today's Brooklyn protest, The Black Summer Coalition, explains on Facebook:
The Black Summer coalition, which includes many of the forces that have been fighting police violence, invites you to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Ferguson on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 12 noon in front of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The protest will demand an end to use of the police to oppress and kill predominantly Black and Brown people.
This includes the daily brutality and deaths at the hands of police -- whether at traffic stops, during stop-and-frisk harassment or in jail cells - as well the use of jails, courts and mass incarceration to ruin lives and prevent people from getting jobs and income.
This event is also a salute to the brave uprising that took place in Ferguson, Missouri.
The group adds, "This new movement has changed the political landscape, has caused Confederate Flags to be taken down, is responsible for the historic Movement for Black Lives Convening in Cleveland, and is the hope for the future."
— Sebastien Malo (@SebastienMalo) August 9, 2015
The officer who killed Brown, Darren Wilson, was never prosecuted. In his first interview since the shooting last year, Wilson told The New Yorker he wasn't racist but said that when he goes out, "We try to go somewhere—how do I say this correctly?—with like-minded individuals. You know. Where it’s not a mixing pot.”