Just a day after the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, the city of Ferguson was placed in a state of emergency, leaving many to realize not much has changed since the teen’s untimely death one year ago.
On Sunday morning and throughout the afternoon, the city of Ferguson was filled with activists, friends, supporters, and family of the 18-year-old who was killed by Officer Darren Wilson. Brown’s death sparked a national (and arguably international) demand for police reform and fostered an ongoing conversation about racism in America.
Thousands descended upon the city to show their respect to Brown and his family, participating in peaceful demonstrations meant to change a system that too often ends with the death of young Black men, women, and children.
There was also a moment of silence held for four and a half minutes, alluding to the four and half hours Brown’s body lay in the street before an ambulance arrived.
But as night fell, police in riot gear took to the streets. Shortly after midnight, a man identified as Tyrone Harris allegedly shot at police officers, who returned fire. Protests continued, police outfitted with militarized equipment stood guard, and tear gas was used to disperse crowds.
While we’re in what has become a powerful and large Black liberation movement, the images of unrest looked strikingly familiar to the ones of last year. Take a look at these side-by-side photos (below) that prove not much has changed in Ferguson since that fateful August.
PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter | VIDEO CREDIT: YouTube