To acknowledge the amount of time that Ferguson, Mo., police caused the dead body of unarmed, black, 18-year-old Michael Brown to lay in the street after his slaying by white officer Darren Wilson, Brown’s family is requesting a 4.5-minute moment of silence after the decision of the Wilson grand jury is announced. The moment of silence is in keeping with the message of Brown’s parents, who have consistently demanded justice through the courts and peaceful protest.
Today, Brown’s family explained:
We are not here to be violent," says the family statement, as quoted at Fox 2 Illinois. "We are here in memory of our son. We are here for protection of all children. We are here to support justice and equality for all people. We lift our voices to ensure black and brown men, women and children can live in this country without being devalued because of the color of our skin.
Brown’s killing by Ferguson Officer Wilson has renewed a nationwide dialogue about the police accountability in brutality cases.