Rap Star Yo Gotti as well as thousands of others attended Mike Brown’s Funeral
On Monday Aug. 25 Mike was laid to rest, Brown was killed by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, on Aug. 9 while he walked through the streets of his neighborhood. His brutal death from six gunshot wounds fired at close range sparked immediate mass demonstrations in Ferguson that have continued for over two weeks. The protests and rebellion in Ferguson highlighted the growing intolerance among African American working class youth for police repression. In response to the unrest in this suburb outside of St. Louis, tens of thousands more gathered in solidarity in cities across the U.S. Police and governmental responses to the demonstrations in Ferguson are designed to violently suppress dissent. Military equipment and law-enforcement deployment tactics used in this majority African American town of 21,000 resembled those utilized in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Palestine and other regions of the world where U.S. imperialism is seeking directly or indirectly to oppress and exploit the people.
“There’s a lot of tension in the air, so we don’t want anyone to get overheated,” Pastor Michael Jones told his congregation on Sunday, as the church readied to host what they’re calling the “Homegoing Service” for 18-year-old Michael Brown. “I thank God every time we’re able to turn the A/C on.”
The tensions that have gripped this city since the unarmed Brown was shot to death by police officer Darren Wilson seem to have eased, for today at least. The line of mourners began forming at 7 a.m., three hours before the start of the service; the gargantuan and incredibly modern church is prepared to accommodate up to 5,000 people in its many buildings (some in what they’re calling “overflow” rooms), with live-streams and air conditioning for all. Save for a round of “We Shall Overcome,” most everyone seemed to be adhering to the request of Michael Brown Sr. to stop protesting as a day of silence for his son.