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Michael Brown One of Many Young, Black Victims of Violence in Ferguson Alone

Visitors to the St Peter's Cemetery in St. Louis County, MO, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was buried in 2014, will find that he is one of [...]

Visitors to the St Peter’s Cemetery in St. Louis County, MO, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was buried in 2014, will find that he is one of dozens of young, Black, victims of violence buried there – a BBC reporter counted 15 other homicide victims within a 30-meter radius of his grave.

#BlackLivesMatter protests, sparked by Mike Brown’s death and many other killings in the years since, have focused on Black people disproportionately targeted and killed by law enforcement. And while the Ferguson, MO police department – like many others – was found in a Justice Department inquiry to be “a system plagued by inequity and unfair practices,” many of those buried around Brown have the same story as he – “young people, recklessly gunned down, their killers unpunished.”

“When people were saying, ‘black lives matter’, one of the things that made that appealing is the fact it was ambiguous. It could be related to police brutality, but it could also relate to the callous indifference with which we regard the abysmal homicide numbers,” says Jelani Cobb, a staff writer for The New Yorker.

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Publication Date: 07/08/2015
Source: BBC News
Author: Jessica Lussenhop