The Shooting Death of Michael Brown- Ferguson, Missouri

Today a grand jury is supposed to reach a verdict as to whether white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will be indicted for the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

The teen’s killing in August ignited violent protests. At the most extreme moments, gunfire and looting took place. Molotov cocktails were hurled by protesters and police suited in riot gear and equipped with armored vehicles responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.Β  The deep racial divide was palpable in a town where only three out of 53 officers are black in a predominantly African American community.

As a Canadian, the story felt foreign to me. Yet, from a few of my own far less extreme experiences, it also resonated.

I wandered the streets of Canfield Drive where Brown was shot and West Florissant Avenue where the violent protests occurred. In speaking with the mostly-black crowds that gathered, everyone seemed to have had interactions with police officers. Many spoke as though being stopped by the police was a part of everyday life.

In light of today’s soon-to-be verdict, I thought I’d share some pix that I haven’t yet shared or published for the most part. The pictures are of the protest site after the violence had subsided. There are also a few pix from a portrait series I was working on themed around those who had experienced excessive force by the police. And I included some pix from Michael Brown’s funeral.

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poses for a photo in Missouri on August X, 2014. (Michelle Siu)

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poses for a photo in Missouri on August X, 2014. (Michelle Siu)

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poses for a photo in Missouri on August X, 2014. (Michelle Siu)

 

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