Protest for justice for Michael Brown to take place outside US embassy in London's Mayfair this evening
November 26, 2014
Unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown
was shot dead by a police officer in August
The anti-racism campaign group Stand Up to Racism has organised a protest, demanding justice for Michael Brown and other blacks killed by police, to take place this evening outside the US Embassy in Mayfair, central London.
African-American Michael Brown, 18, was unarmed when he was shot dead in August by police officer Darren Wilson in Missouri, near St. Louis.
The decision made earlier this week by the Grand Jury, that police officer Darren Wilson, would not face charges for the murder sparked major protests across the United States and has created global outrage.
Labour MP and mayoral candidate Diane Abbott has publicly spoken out against what she perceives as a racialized miscarriage of justice. The MP said, "My deepest sympathies go out to the family of Mike Brown. Not only have they lost a loved one but following the Grand Jury's decision they no doubt feel the strongest sense of injustice, which can only make their pain worse.” She added, “When yet another unarmed young black man is killed and it is 'lawful', it can be no surprise that black people are questioning how much value these same laws place on their lives".
Comparisons are being made to the British police shooting of Mark Duggan, a young black man, in 2011. There are many important questions surrounding the death of Mark Duggan which remain to be answered and his family continue to fight for justice.
Carol Duggan, who has tirelessly campaigned for justice for her nephew since his death, speaking of both killings said: "Murder is not legitimate... Michael Brown has not got justice and neither has Mark Duggan. The police are there to protect, not to kill our children."
Ms Abbott also spoke about why she has always been against proposals to arm British police. "Just as in Britain, the black community in the US has a fraught history with the police. It is one of the reasons I have always been against the arming of police,” said the Labour MP.
The Metropolitan Black Police Association (MetBPA) has also responded publicly to the judicial decision regarding Michael Brown, reiterating the need for more BME police officers in order to improve relations between the police and ethnic minority communities.
"If you look at Ferguson, a significant proportion of the local community are black, however the local police are overwhelmingly white. Greater efforts, both there and here at home in the UK, need to be made to encourage more minority groups to serve their community as police officers if we are ever to escape the mistakes of the past,” said the MetBPA in a statement. They added, "It is only through positive engagement that trust and confidence can be built. Without this, people's views of the police will not change and communities will not see the police for what or who they are - people like us sworn to protect and serve them."