Following the November 24 announcement from Ferguson that the officer responsible for killing Michael Brown will face no charges, assertive mobilizations emerged in cities across the country, including New York, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Seattle. Within an hour of the announcement, BORDC’s Buttar was outside the White House with a group of 200 demonstrators that quickly swelled to over 5,000. His tweets from the scene documented the expansion of the crowd, and its peaceful demands.
Participants exhorted the White House to finally get involved meaningfully by supporting federal policy changes surrounding racial profiling, and a Justice Department prosecution of police who kill innocent people. Over the next month, BORDC will send Buttar, then Legal Fellow Matt Kellegrew, to Ferguson to work with communities on the ground.