In August of 2014, black teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The event, which is largely credited as sparking the Blacks Lives Matter Movement, cloyed at political unrest and escalated into a full-on riot along Ferguson’s streets after Wilson was eventually cleared of all wrongdoing, alleging Brown attacked his police vehicle. At the time, Brown’s death was a deep cut in a rapidly changing political climate—one that stands up against police brutality and racial injustice. But it’s something those who lived through the ’90s know all too well.
History Repeats Itself
In 1992, over two decades before the Ferguson riots, protesters set fire to the streets of L.A. after a police officer was caught on camera beating an African-American man. This man was Rodney King and his abuse sparked the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.