The announcement last night that a St. Louis grand jury found no cause to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the killing Michael Brown set off protests (and a few regrettable outbreaks of violence) across the country, as well as an onslaught of commentary on social and traditional media. In our anguish over the miscarriage of justice — or, if you happen to incline that way, outrage over the unruly response to the justice system’s lawful decision — the vital and necessary conversation about larger issues can drown out the most elemental facts, which is that an unarmed teenager was shot dead and left to lie in the street for hours on end. That’s what makes filmmaker Travis Wilkerson‘s response to the situation so powerful. He sets aside the powerful imagery of movies like “An Injury to One,” as well as the politically minded narration — sets everything aside, in fact, except the hollow space where a human being once lived. As he explains.
Out of respect for his parents’ request, four and one half minutes of silence for Michael Brown Jr. One minute for each hour his body lay in the streets of Ferguson, MO after he was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson. Please watch in darkness. Please watch in silence.
Take a moment, and follow his suggestion.