The looting and pillaging stopped in St. Louis suburb of Ferguson and the community is calm now, pressing for answers about the police shooting of Michael Brown. There were hundreds that were packed into churches for community meetings about the death of the teenager, confronted by a police officer and eventually shot multiple times.
The shooting of Michael brown exposed deep economic and racial lines present in the local community. Rev. Al Sharpton previously pressed the police to release the name of the officer involved in the shooting but also pleaded for calmness following the night of vandalism. He declared:
“The local authorities have put themselves in a position – hiding manes and not being transparent – where people will not trust anything but an objective investigation.”
According to Tom Jackson, Ferguson Police Chief, the department wanted to release the name of the officer but following the death threats directed to officers, the police changed its mind. He stated:
“If we come out and say, ‘It was this officer,’ then he immediately becomes a target. We’re taking the threats seriously.”
Brown’s father, urged the community to come together but without violence. President Barack Obama urged calm saying that people have to comfort each other so that they are healed and not wound others.