An unnamed officer on Tuesday night in Ferguson, Missouri, in what appears to have been a rather unguarded moment, briefly made mention of a woman who’d been shot in the head and admitted to a hospital. But before he could say too much, he was quickly put into check by his fellow police officers who hushed him and covered his mouth. The woman in question, as it later turned out, was none other than Maya Aaten-White, a graduate of Howard University who was in town covering the protests which have arisen in response to the brutal police slaying of 18 year-old Michael Brown.
Initially after Aaten-White was hospitalized, police released a statement claiming that “four to five black males apparently carried out the shooting” as part of a “drive-by” attack. Apparently this video was taken before the St. Louis police were able to concoct a story of a supposed “drive-by shooting” and relay the message to all of the department’s units.
*Shout-out to Xena of BlackButterfly7 for exposing me to this incident.
The video depicts a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri admitting that someone had been shot in the head. Before he could say too much, the other officer tries to physically shut him up. It is symbolic as the entire police force seeks to silence much more than that.
The victim was Maya Aaten-White, a Howard graduate. She survived. She was in Ferguson supporting justice for of Mike Brown and his family and protesting the lack thereof. The social media age gives people who used to be voiceless a voice. It is precious power. She was reporting the events taking place in Ferguson, Missouri on Instagram and Twitter.
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