Michael Brown is as local a name as Ezell Ford, Kendrec McDade and Alesia Thomas.
Each person died at the hands of police officers in a shooting or struggle. Ezell Ford: LAPD. Kendrec McDade: Pasadena PD. Alesia Thomas: LAPD. Michael Brown: Ferguson PD.
“Where it occurred really didn’t matter,” said L.A. Councilman Herb Wesson at a recent news conference after protests were held in response to a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
“People in this country would like to see a better relationship,” Wesson said.
In fact, cities all over the country held demonstrations for Michael Brown and later for Eric Garner, who died when a New York City police officer applied a chokehold on him during an arrest. A New York grand jury also declined to indict the officer.
In Los Angeles, the city has enjoyed several years of low crime and a change since the 1990s in how the Los Angeles Police Department polices. And although the number of officer-involved shootings is down compared to the year before, there have been some high-profile fatal police shootings recently that have residents questioning how police do their jobs.
In Orange County, Anaheim saw riots and protests in 2012.
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