Bishop Braxton on a Persisting Divide Uncovered in Ferguson

America Magazine

Ferguson, Mo., took a tentative step closer to normalcy today after nearly a week of protests commemorating the death last year of Michael Brown. Some tense standoffs between police and demonstrators and an exchange of gunfire that left one teenager wounded and facing felony charges had led to an emergency declaration earlier in the week.

Today after several nights of diminishing protests and no arrests, the St. Louis County executive, Steven V. Stenger, rescinded the declaration.

“After reviewing the events of the past four evenings under the state of emergency, I am pleased to report our law enforcement officers have established order while preventing further acts of violence in Ferguson,” he said in a statement. “Local law enforcement will remain vigilant, and officers are prepared to respond swiftly if necessary.”

Around the nation, other commemorations of Brown’s death at the hands of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson were conducted without incident. But even as this unhappy anniversary was observed a new police killing of an unarmed African American teen, this time in Arlington, Texas, suggests that the issue of the police use of force, particularly in African American communities, will continue to be a source of tension.

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