Michael Brown Case
The most important (and controversial) event of 2014 was by far the Grand Jury's decision to declare Officer Darren Wilson not guilty for the murder of Michael Brown. This decision caused extreme outrage because some people saw it as a white officer getting away with killing a black teenager. People went back and forth about how it was/wasn't a racial issue. "From the very beginning of this case last summer, there seemed to be sufficient doubt that would make it difficult, if not impossible, to convict Wilson" (New York Post). The fact is, no one knows exactly what happened in the situation because all of the evidence varies. This was the most important event because of all the commotion its caused. There were insane riots that caused immense amounts of damage in Ferguson and other cities. According to the NY Post, "Protest, you see, was essential — merely because a white cop had shot and killed a black teen. No other facts were needed." These protests and riots were a part of what made this case such a big deal.
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