jeffp12 comments on "Innocent young man" Michael Brown shown on security footage attacking shopkeeper- this is who people are defending: So think about the tension of living in that town with a police force that you know is not going to hesitate to kill you if they feel at all threatened. They're supposed to be protecting and serving you, not getting trigger happy the moment they feel at all threatened.
So imagine living in that kind of poor community, with all these single-mothers and fathers in jail, many of them on non-violent drug charges. And even if they are in jail for violent crime, why did they become criminals? What kind of environment were they raised in?
So when they hear that a policeman killed an unarmed teenager, they already know that there won't be justice. That's why they protest. Because they have no other recourse.
Writing their congressman won't do any good. They can't lean on the mayor (who used to be a Ferguson cop). They can't wait for justice to run its course fairly. They already know the white cop will get away with it. That's why they protested even before the investigation was over. Because they already knew that the white cop would get away with it, regardless of the details of the crime.