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Tensions From Ferguson Reach Portland

OPB | Aug. 15, 2014 2:15 p.m. | Portland

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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:

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