Fil-Am activist aids tear-gassed journalist during Ferguson protest

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Aug. 19, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A Filipino American member of Amnesty International USA, Kalayaan Mendoza, has been deployed to Ferguson, Missouri for days now, where unr est and large-scale protests continue in the wake of the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was reportedly shot at least six times by police officer Darren Wilson.

Brown, although unarmed and with no prior criminal record, was a suspect in a robbery allegedly committed just before he was shot.

The shooting of Brown, a black male, by a white police officer, has worsened racial tensions in a majority-black town of 21,000 people.

While protests have mushroomed all over the country, none of those demonstrations have been as volatile as the ones in Ferguson. Since Brown’s shooting on Aug. 9, dozens of protesters have been arrested every night for failure to disperse. Police officers have also been reportedly injured by thrown rock and bottles and at least two people have been shot.

“The situation here in Ferguson is very tense. The community has been under attack. The streets have a very tense environment. What people are calling here for are justice and accountability for the shooting of Michael Brown, along with their fundamental human rights to peacefully assemble,” Mendoza said.

The New York-based Mendoza said he witnessed the use of smoke bombs, sonic devices and tear gas by the police to disperse protesters. A trained street medic, Mendoza said he, along with a nurse and local resident, helped a journalist who fell to the ground after the police reportedly tear-gassed a group of protesters.

He concluded, “First and foremost, my duty is to support the community and those scared during the protests. My safety comes secondary.”

With a report from Monette Rivera.

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  • JRB
    19 August 2014 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    Hey people the police has all right in the world to get this crazy people to stop what they all doing. What is there the people trying to prove that they right, I don’t think so. Yes the police could have just shoot him once to bring him down not kill the poor boy. Sad very sad what’s happening in America.

  • Mario
    20 August 2014 at 3:13 am - Reply

    Amnesty Int’l has no business in Ferguson, Missouri,why not go to Iraq and monitor the ISIS, genocide are being committed, Christians,Hazidis, are being buried alive, beheaded,executed etc. According to 12 witnesses, Micheal Brown, rob a liquor store,owner called 911, then cops see him with another male in the street holding cigar. Police confronted them, cops try to get out of his car, the 2 male teens,slams the cops door, cops open the door again,MBrown, punched the cop face,broke the cop eye socket,the other male, try to grab the gun,then Brown also grab the gun, gun goes off. Brown run 35 feet away. Police protocol is to pursue the perpetrator,cops gets up, chase the two thugs, shouted “Freeze”,then all of the sudden,Brown turn around charge the cop at full speed.Cop think he was in drug coming at full speed, fire a shot to the forehead, Brown fell down 3feet away. Al Sharpton, Amnesty Int’l,ACLU,ISIS symphatizers, Chicago Communist Party,Black Panter, all of them came from other State, provoking riot in Missouri.The leftist does not want to stop the riot,it benefits Obama, you forget already the 10 scandals of Obama.

    • wil
      20 August 2014 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      Where in the heck did you get that from? Do you really believe a person is so stupid to charge a Police Officer who is firing at him? How in the hell did you come up it’s President Obama’s fault? Police are not allowed to shot at an unarmed person.