Tragedy struck the Midwest when, on August 9, 2014, 18-year-old Mike Brown was gunned down at the hands of Darren Wilson, a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
At 12:01 p.m. on August 9, 2014, Officer Wilson drove up to Brown and his friend, Dorian Johnson, and ordered them to get out of the street and move onto the sidewalk. According to reports, a dispute between Brown and Wilson resulted in a physical confrontation, which began between Brown and Wilson through the window of the police vehicle. While still inside his police car, Wilson fired a single shot, after which Johnson and Brown ran. Wilson then exited his vehicle, fired at least six shots, several of which struck an unarmed Brown.
We caught up with hip hop icon LL Cool J for his thoughts on the tragedy and here’s what he had to say:
“I jut think there’s an educational process that has to take place with the police officers who are in the Black community or are sent to the Black community. It’s a communication issue. They’ve got to know what our focus is about so that they don’t feel so threatened. There has to be some dialogue and classes so they understand it It’s ridiculous. Just because a kid is big and boisterous even if he’s a little rough, that’s not a reason to shoot him. It’s unacceptable. Stop being afraid of our kids. Fear is the problem.”