To the mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, an American city:
I plan on keeping this short, but I wanted to make sure I chimed in on this issue, as so many Americans – black, white, Asian, etc. – have been doing over the past few days.
An unarmed, 18-year-old boy, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by one of your police officers, while he was walking to his grandmothers house this past Saturday. Witnesses say Brown had his arms raised in the air before he was shot multiple times and left dead in the street for hours.
The citizens of your city – American citizens protected by the U.S. Constitution – decided to speak out since their representatives, you included, have done nothing to address their concerns. In response, the police department (although it resembles the military of a country like Iran or North Korea) has decided its most important concern is to smother any type of dissent that might shed light on what happened.
The police in your city have used tear gas, rubber/wooden bullets, and other violent methods to prevent people from exercising their rights. Reporters have been arrested and shot at for trying to shed light on this national disgrace, and police officers have arrested people for trying to take videos of the disgusting spectacle – a right that we all have.
Just now, I heard you say that you couldn’t possibly second guess those police officers. The American people see what is happening and ask, “why not?”
The people of Ferguson need to be allowed to voice their concerns, the police department needs to answer for what it did to an unarmed boy, and you need to step down. Only someone of complete and utter incompetence could let their city turn into the likes of a middle eastern war zone.
What you have allowed to happen in Ferguson has pushed us further toward a dark past that no American wants to experience again, and you should be thoroughly ashamed.
With much disappointment,
The mayor of Ferguson, MO, James Knowles, can be contacted at email@example.com or 314-521-1043.