How ‘justice for Vanessa’ started a national conversation about race and justice
Posted On August 6, 2021
— For a few hours, a small group of men stood silently by a makeshift memorial in front of the White House.
They were the men who stood at the edge of the plaza where Michael Brown was fatally shot in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9.
The group had just made their way through a line of about 50 demonstrators.
One man was a protester who had been on the street for more than two hours.
The man, an unarmed black man, was killed by a white police officer.
A grand jury has declined to indict the officer.
On Monday, the group was to return to the White Senate for the first time since they arrived, and they will join the hundreds of people who have marched through the park.
The crowd, which has grown to more than a hundred people in some places, was peaceful.
Some had a sign that read “Justice for Vanessa.”
But others had the words “Justice is a jury award.”
“We’ve been here for two days,” said one protester.
“It’s been very long.”
In the past week, the city has seen a wave of protests, with many people demanding justice for Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man who was shot dead by a police officer in Ferguson.
Some protesters have demanded an end to the police violence, calling for more racial equality in the country.
But for some, the protests have been about much more than the death of an unarmed teenager.
It’s about the role of the police in policing the streets.
The protests have also highlighted a broader conversation about police brutality and racial inequality in the U.S.
Police brutality is a topic that has come up at every stop for the protesters in Washington, D.C., where there has been no shortage of protests over police brutality.
Many protesters have said the protesters are not protesting for justice for the Brown family.
They are protesting against police violence.
“We don’t have a case, we don’t want a case,” said Deangelo Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Washington Coalition Against Police Brutality.
Ocasio, who is black, said his father was beaten up by the police.
“And he said to me, ‘I know it’s not right.
But I don’t feel any better.
They beat you up, you know, to the point where you were scared to come out of your house.'”
The protesters in the park say that the police have done little to help them, or the families of those killed.
“The problem is that we’re not getting justice for our children,” said Vanessa Johnson, a mother of two.
Johnson was in the crowd on Sunday when a police car pulled up behind her.
A man, dressed in a gray sweatshirt, approached her, telling her she needed to step outside.
She was immediately escorted inside.
She was told she could not bring her child outside without an officer in her car.
“I’m thinking, ‘Why would they want to get me out of here?’
She said,” Johnson said.
“He just kind of looked at me and said, ‘You don’t know what you’re doing.'”
The incident occurred during a protest against the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men who were killed by police officers.
Johnson said the police are still allowed to search and frisk people in the streets, despite a Supreme Court ruling that the practice is unconstitutional.
“They don’t need to be doing that,” Johnson added.
“It’s not about the cops.
It is about what they’re doing to people,” Johnson told The Associated Press.”
But you can’t say the police aren’t racist,” she added.
She said she doesn’t want her children to be treated differently because of her race.
“That is the problem that we have, that’s the problem I’m facing,” Johnson continued.
“There’s no way around it.”
Police have said that the protesters’ behavior is a sign of unrest.
“We’re in the midst of an incredible protest movement,” Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Monday.
“Our community is a diverse and vibrant place.
We want to ensure that people feel safe in our community.
We don’t tolerate any intimidation of any type.”
The protesters said they are angry because the police were not doing anything to help people when they were shot.
“They’re going to have to pay,” Johnson lamented.
Police said they were responding to a call of a shooting and that the crowd was in a block party.
A witness told police that three or four people got into a fight and that they were walking away when they heard gunshots.
Lanier told reporters that officers have been working overtime to contain the violence.
Police are using more officers on the streets and are also using social media to keep people informed.
Lansier said the officers are wearing body cameras