The Michael Brown and Erik Garner cases have thousands of people up in arms because the police officers were not indicted on murder charges after their deaths. Celebrities and athletes took to social networking sites to show their vehemence for the people who made that decision, and race relations are worse than they have been in over fifty years.
The city of Ferguson suffered from rioting after the police officer in the Michael Brown case was not indicted. This is not the first case and probably will not be the last as people become angrier with each incident. The Trayvon Martin case was similar to these two cases, except the man accused of murder was not a police officer. He was also acquitted of murder charges.
Many people ask when this type of behavior will stop. It is believed by many that the incidents are race related. It is not likely that word would have spread so widely on any of these cases had it not been for the internet that allows information to be shared instantly. Everyone, even Terry Richardson has an opinion about it and everyone shares that opinion on social networking sites. The thoughts range from shock that police could do this to belief that the police were within their rights to take the actions they took. Samuel L. Jackson even called for everyone to join together in singing “We Ain’t Gonna Stop Until People Are Free”. He hopes that it will be as popular as the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” was over the summer.