Nearly seven years ago, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. His death led to weeks of protests and sometimes violent clashes with law enforcement. It also accelerated the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement. The police officer involved in the shooting, Darren Wilson, was never charged, but other changes came out of Brown’s death in Ferguson and St. Louis.
The PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor recently spoke with Brown’s father — Michael Brown, Sr. — about the progress that has been made since his son’s killing and George Floyd’s murder, and what is still left to be done. Brown said he often thinks about his son being gone and feels like it’s a bad dream. He said he misses many things about his son.
“Looking for the knock on the door, come through the house, throw one of the kids up in the air and catch them,” he said. “Goofy laugh. Just him in his own space of who he is. Just missing all that.”
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