The tension from the situation in Ferguson, Missouri have spilled over into the rest of the nation, spanning all the way to Portland, more than 2,000 miles away.
On Friday morning, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson announced that the officer who shot and killed an unarmed African American teenager is Darren Wilson, sending another ripple through the distraught community. The death of Michael Brown, 18, is still under investigation, but a witness has told the media that Brown was shot by Wilson after he attempted to run away and raised his hands.
The details of the incident attracted an international audience on social media. While news reports pour out over the hashtags #Ferguson and #FergusonShooting, sympathizers of Brown have rallied online using #MichaelBrown and #HandsUpDontShoot, in addition to protests on the streets.
Community members gathered in Northeast Portland on Thursday evening, blocking a busy intersection at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Many Portlanders have also expressed their own opinions about the shooting on Twitter:
I hate it when I’m more confused AFTER a “Press conference” than I was before. #Ferguson— James E. Faubel (@JamesEFaubel) August 15, 2014
I am heartbroken by the events happening in Ferguson. Worst part is I feel so incredibly helpless in regards to changing the system.— Kelli Lynne (@kellilynne_) August 15, 2014
The police escalation of aggression in Ferguson is terrifying.This irresponsible exercise of power is EXACTLY what the Constitution disavows— Katie Lane (@_katie_lane) August 14, 2014
Worst part of what’s happening in Ferguson, Mo. is that it could happen literally anywhere in the US.— Alexander J Crawford (@dr_crawf) August 14, 2014
I can’t think of a worse way to deal with civil protest than militarizing the police. Riots are not unilateral. #Ferguson— Peat Bakke (@peat) August 12, 2014
The riots in #Ferguson are nothing more than an opportunity for criminals to prey on the people of their own community.— Tony Miano (@TonyMiano) August 11, 2014
If the cops dont stop the looters it jeopardizes their entire sys. Function of the cops is not to fight crime its social control #Ferguson— Oscar Godson (@oscargodson) August 11, 2014
Deplorable situation in #Ferguson of vandals and looters taking it out on innocent people and businesses, only worsening the situation.— Bryan Dorr (@BJDorr) August 11, 2014