The Ferguson Protests of 2014

2014 was a year of anger about police brutality against unarmed black men, often shot in the back, or with their hands in the air. On an early August day in Ferguson, Missouri a white police officer shot an unarmed teenager named Michael Brown, his body lay in the street for hours, and the powder keg was lit. There were similar situations in other cities that year, but Ferguson was the longest and arguably the most successful: The Ferguson police department would ultimately be sued by the U.S. Justice Department for civil rights violations due to their handling of black residents.

“This was the new Jim Crow”: an oral history of the Ferguson protests

Vox.com, 8.9.16