The report condemns the police response to the protests following the shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson. Amnesty International says local police overreacted and abused the rights of protesters who gathered in Ferguson after the looting and rioting.
Margaret Huang with Amnesty International says, “There were a number of techniques used including rubber bullets, including the tear gas, including the loud noise machines, that try to drive people off that seemed unnecessarily disproportionate to what was happening on the ground. And certainly I know that the police have reported incidences where they had people in the crowds who threw bottles at them who apparently were causing… and certainly there was some destruction in the early days of the protests. But I think the subsequent use of those tactics when there was just peaceful protesting happening raises a lot of concerns about abuse.”
Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, who was in charge of security on the streets of Ferguson, was scheduled to participate in a panel discussion at the Amnesty International conference this weekend, but word came Friday afternoon that Captain Johnson won't be speaking at the conference. Amnesty International said it was given no reason for his cancellation.