Charles P. Wilson, Shirley A. Wilson
Journal of Critical Incidents
January 01, 2015
This decisive critical incident describes events which took place within the community of Ferguson, MO following the shooting of an unarmed African American teenager by a white policy officer that resulted in mass protests and national debates on racial inequities, police abuse of power, law enforcement militarization, and community protest. Students are asked to discuss both the police department’s and officer’s role in this situation, the community’s response, and whether or not the department bears any responsibility for the level of protests which followed the shooting.