Three years ago today, Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.
Over night, many gathered at the spot where he was killed to honor and remember his life.
After three years, a lot have asked the question how is Ferguson now? Have they moved on? Are they growing?
During an interview with Mayor James Knowell III, St. Louis Today reports that the mayor is tired of answering questions about the riots and the burnings but wants to talk about a city that is working, “to make streets safer, build relationships between law enforcement and community.”
So What has changed? The white police chief and city manager have been removed and replaced with African Americans. A better representation of the city where two-thirds of the citizens are black.
This also includes a seven member council that only had one African American member on board at the time of Brown’s death. The council now has three African American members.
The Mayor notes himself as a change to the city, being a white man. He was re-elected as mayor after running against an African American council member who won two years older.
With two-thirds of the population being African American Knowell faces some challenges. “Some people have made me the villain and say, ‘As long as the mayor is there, nothing is going to change,’” however Knowell doesn’t see it that way.
During his term so far he’s worked to improve the police department, make court reforms and working with the federal government on even more permanent changes.
As amazing the growth is in receiving change in cities like Ferguson, we must remember the lives of Michael Brown and many others that lost their lives for these changes.
(Source: St. Louis Today)
Justice For…A List Of People Killed By Police In 2014 (PHOTOS)
1. Jordan Baker, 26, Killed January 2014 In TexasSource:Handout 1 of 20
2. McKenzie Cochran, 25, Killed January 2014 In DetroitSource:Handout 2 of 20
3. Keith Vidal, 18, Killed January 2014 In North CarolinaSource:Handout 3 of 20
4. Yvette Smith, 47, Killed February 2014 In TexasSource:Handout 4 of 20
5. Victor White III, 22, Killed March 2014 In LouisianaSource:Handout 5 of 20
6. Dontre Hamilton, 31, Killed April 2014 In MilwaukeeSource:Handout 6 of 20
7. Jason Harrison, 28, Killed June 2014 In TexasSource:Screengrab 7 of 20
8. Eric Garner, 43, Killed July 2014 In NYCSource:Screengrab 8 of 20
9. Ezell Ford, Killed August 2014 In CaliforniaSource:Handout 9 of 20
10. Dante Parker, 36, Killed August 2014 In CaliforniaSource:Handout 10 of 20
11. Kajieme Powell, 25, Killed August 2014 In St. LouisSource:Screengrab 11 of 20
12. Omar Abrego, 37, Killed August 2014 In CaliforniaSource:Handout 12 of 20
13. Maria Godinez, 22, Killed August 2014 In OrlandoSource:Handout 13 of 20
14. Michael Brown Jr., 18, Killed August 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.Source:Handout 14 of 20
15. Darrien Hunt, 22, Killed September 2014 In UtahSource:Handout 15 of 20
16. Jack Jacquez, 27, Killed November 2014 In ColoradoSource:Handout 16 of 20
17. Tamir Rice, 12, Killed November 2014 In OhioSource:Handout 17 of 20
18. Akai Gurley, 28, Killed November 2014 In NYCSource:Handout 18 of 20
19. Tanesha Anderson, 37, Killed November 2014 In ClevelandSource:Handout 19 of 20
20. Rumain Brisbon, 34, Killed December 2014 In ArizonaSource:Handout 20 of 20
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