In the wake of the devastating announcement that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the killing of Michael Brown, activists all over Texas gathered in solidarity to protest the decision.
Texas has some of the nation’s worst racial disparities regarding arrest rates. As Emily Cadik reported last week, the black-to-white arrest rate in Austin is 3.5 to 1. For Houston, the rate is 3.2 to 1, and in Plano, 3.8 to 1. In smaller areas like College Station, the ratio is closer to 5 to 1.
Racial profiling by law enforcement is just one of the many systemic issues Texans protested in the days after the non-indictment, many holding signs declaring that “Black lives matter.”
In Houston, hundreds marched in a rally that began in MacGregor Park:
— Brother Jesse (@BrotherJesse) November 27, 2014
Houston protestors gathered again on Wednesday to pressure the city to hold police officers to a higher standard and institute better oversight.
— Austin Chronicle (@AustinChronicle) November 26, 2014
Austin protestors gathered at the APD headquarters with “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” signs and stenciled images of Michael Brown. Even before the non-indictment, the police department was under heavy criticism in the past few weeks after footage of two on-duty officers making rape jokes was released. Check out images from other Ferguson rallies across the state below:
— Meg Hargis (@PerplexedMeg) November 26, 2014
— Star-Telegram (@startelegram) November 26, 2014