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On August 16, 2014, the governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew in Ferguson. The declaration came after nights of protests following the police shooting that took the life of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen.
"We will survive this and will make a change," Governor Jay Nixon said.
Just days earlier, on August 9, the unarmed 18-year-old Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on a street. Witnesses claimed Brown had his hands up in a surrender when he was shot. His body was left in the street for four hours, uncovered with blood running from his head. Crowds gathered, appalled and disturbed at the sight. Brown was shot at least six times.
In a press conference the next day, police claimed Brown was killed because he had reached for the officer's gun. Police did not name the officer involved in the shooting. Demonstrations to protest the shooting began and that night violence and looting erupted.
Margaret Huang, deputy executive director of Amnesty International USA, disagreed with the curfew.
"It's clear that the community doesn't feel heard," Huang told USA Today. "It's hard to build trust when the governor won't meet with community members and restricts their movements with a curfew. The people of Ferguson should not have their rights further restricted."
The shooting of Brown inspired the slogan "Hands up, don't shoot," or simply "hands up," which is now commonly used to protest police shootings.
Pictured above is Michael Brown Sr. leading a march following a memorial service marking the anniversary of his son's death.
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