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Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teen was shot down by police in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, Aug. 9, and on Aug. 11, Ezell Ford, another young African American, was shot to death by police, just two days after Brown's. According to narration from Ford's mother, the young man was lying on the ground and complying with officers when he was shot three times. |
Ford is the 16th person to have been shot at by Los Angeles police this year, Karin Wang, Vice President of Asian Americans Advancing Justice -- Los Angeles, the largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans,said Ford had mental illness and in the past years there have been several cases when African Americans, Asian Americans and Latinos were killed by police because they had mental illness or they did not speak good English to understand the police instructions. Wang said African Americans are more vulnerable than other ethnic groups to be racially profiled by police, even African Americans like Ford and Brown were unarmed, police would think they were more dangerous and would be more likely to use force against them.
Also recently, Eric Garner, an unarmed man selling loose cigarettes, died of a prolonged chokehold by police in New York. People in Florida would remember 17-year-old Travon Martin, also an African American, who was shot to death by a reserve officer.
The death of Brown has roused racial tension and ignited riots, rallies, looting, protests, marches, public mourning and general unrest in Ferguson and protests as well in many other cities in the U.S.