Ferguson Protesters after Mike Brown shooting (Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

Ferguson protesters after Michael Brown shooting (Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

It was three years ago today that Michael Brown was senselessly shot and killed by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson after he was simply stopped for walking in the street. (Not for allegedly stealing, as was reported later, in a blatant attempt to assassinate his character after his death.) A new documentary titled Whose Streets? gives an up close and very uncomfortable, but personal look at the protests that took place on the streets of Ferguson following Brown’s murder.

Rolling out spoke exclusively to this must-see film’s director and producer Sabaah Folayan, and co-director and producer Damon Davis, who met organically after Folayan traveled to the Ferguson area shortly after Brown’s death. Below are excerpts from that conversation.

Damon, you were already in that area, but what inspired you, Sabaah, to head to that area?

Sabaah Folayan: I felt like when I was watching the news what was being depicted about Ferguson, it really lacked humanity.

You start the film with a powerful quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Riot is the language of the unheard.”  Why?

SF: To tie the movement to the long struggle and reclaim Dr. King’s legacy.

What do you hope people get from this film after watching it?

Damon Davis: I hope Black folks see themselves and are proud [and feel] validated.  

SF: I hope it reflects an image of beauty and it encourages people to be bold and to be firm.

Folyan is currently working on a film about a Caribbean woman who led a resistance in Jamaica and Davis is working on a film about a man who has been on death row for 25 years. Both are working on a documentary about Vonderrit Deondre Myers, an 18-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by a St. Louis police officer in October 2014.

View the trailer for Whose Streets? trailer here.

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  • britishrose

    mike brown is the first murder that a cop got GO FUND ME ON .. i dont know what america is gonna do about cop killings of blacks, but rather you for punishment or against it someone needs to pay for these crimes . just to not prosecute cause they are wearing a badge , / please tell us what constitutes that their rules are deiffernt from mine? they dont even investigat them full

    • Lateformyfuneral

      Probably because the shooting was justified..

      • Derrel Johnson

        The stop wasn’t justified but the killing is? Not a chance!

        • britishrose

          both were unjust these crackers get on black site to blow off steam , they all bleieve black should be killed random haaa bunch of kkk fools even the ones you think like you at your job , , hate your guts , and they fake ,

      • britishrose

        thats a racist lie that shooting was not justified if he had no cause to shoot , you cant shoot a man for walking in his own neighborhood , and he didnt steal anything that was made up by a raicist media who wanted to paint mike brown as what you whites in your head believe us all to be dangerous ,,mean time ted bundy killed 20 females , the greenway killer a white man killed 33 timothy macviegh killed 200 or more , and the BTK killer of kansas killed 14 all white men … all crazy racist who killed their own but you cant tell me a historical black man who killed a bunch of people other than lee malvo ? and he dead , come on shoot your best dam shot , you know wihite kille over 30,-000o blacks during slavery and after all the way too 1977. i mean shut up fool and read history … we are just not standing for a black getting killed not just one and no one tells us why . . mike brown killer was a killer …. only problem is police uphold their killers with law backing thats it

        • Lateformyfuneral

          You are quite literally too stupid to debate. Attempting to read that grammatical disaster gave me a headache and I gave up halfway through your nonsensical reply. I will not be wasting anymore time with you. Please go back to 4th grade English and get yourself together. I have addressed everything when I replied to Derrel Johnson.

    • Derrel Johnson

      Preach on…

  • Lateformyfuneral

    Senseless? The dude went for Wilson’s weapon. Forensic evidence confirms this.

    • Derrel Johnson

      Derrel Johnson

    • Derrel Johnson

      Forensic evidence does not confirm that. It was essentially a stop for jaywalking and he was shot and killed with his back to the officer.

      • Lateformyfuneral

        From the DOJ. You were saying?

        Autopsy results and bullet trajectory,
        skin from Brown’s palm on the outside of the SUV door as well as Brown’s DNA on the inside
        of the driver’s door corroborate Wilson’s account that during the struggle, Brown used his right
        hand to grab and attempt to control Wilson’s gun. According to three autopsies, Brown
        sustained a close range gunshot wound to the fleshy portion of his right hand at the base of his
        right thumb. Soot from the muzzle of the gun found embedded in the tissue of this wound
        coupled with indicia of thermal change from the heat of the muzzle indicate that Brown’s hand
        was within inches of the muzzle of Wilson’s gun when it was fired. The location of the
        recovered bullet in the side panel of the driver’s door, just above Wilson’s lap, also corroborates
        Wilson’s account of the struggle over the gun and when the gun was fired, as do witness
        accounts that Wilson fired at least one shot from inside the SUV.

        -The autopsy results confirm that
        Wilson did not shoot Brown in the back as he was running away because there were no entrance
        wounds to Brown’s back.

        People are so quick to jump on the anti-police bandwagon without doing any research. I hope you don’t call yourself a journalist.

        • Derrel Johnson

          Post link instead of copy and paste.

          • Lateformyfuneral

            It’s a PDF file. Google “michael brown forensic report” and it is the second link down. But here is a summary from NBC.

            https://www.google.com/amp/www.nbcnews.com/storyline/michael-brown-shooting/amp/report-autopsy-suggests-michael-brown-reached-ferguson-officers-gun-n231391

          • Derrel Johnson

            The key word is may. He was shot at 12 times and murdered. “The official autopsy on Michael Brown, leaked to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, suggests that he was shot in the hand at close range and may have reached for the police officer’s gun, outside experts told the newspaper.”

          • Lateformyfuneral

            “Soot from the muzzle of the gun found embedded in the tissue of this wound
            coupled with indicia of thermal change from the heat of the muzzle indicate that Brown’s hand
            was within inches of the muzzle of Wilson’s gun when it was fired. ”

            This is from the department of justice. Every single piece of forensic evidence corroborates with Wilson’s narrative. There is no “may” in the official report (which you obviously haven’t read) It’s definitive. You just refuse to see the truth because you realize that your cause has started because of a false narrative.

            Yeah, he was shot 12 times, and? Police are trained to shoot until the threat is neutralized. This isn’t Hollywood where a person flies back after a single round.

            But I know you are going to continue to spread lies.

          • Derrel Johnson

            You are disputing what the police chief of Ferguson said, which is that Wilson did not stop Mike Brown because of theft. How does an unarmed man get stopped for walking down the street for a traffic violation end dead? Your link used the word “may.”

          • Lateformyfuneral

            No, I am not disputing the reason Brown was stoped. That hasn’t came up in my argument one time. I am disputing whether or not the shooting was justified. If a suspect reaches for an officer’s weapon, he can be subject to deadly force. That’s how. If he didn’t do anything, why was he fighting wilson? Why was he disarming him? Why did he charge at him? Don’t try to red herring me. We aren’t talking about why Brown was stopped.

          • Lateformyfuneral

            Also, the link I used said “may” because they were quoting someone. The OFFICIAL REPORT (for the love of christ) doesn’t use the word “may”. It is a definite “The is what happened because evidence indicates it so”.

        • britishrose

          skin on the inside . laugh .. i quest his skin just fell off his body ? huh? laugh you idiot , no evidence point to mike b having any contact with wilson wilson lied the 3 mexicans who was working there said , mike was running and wilson shot him point blank in the back and legs , that is why wilson whould have been bought up on charges of murder but because he a cop they find , small sh..t to exornorate him or at least let him walk … brown had no weapon , brown had no reason to attack, him he may have walked toward the car cause welcome demanded that , may be he want to talk, but do you deserve to be gunned down if you , dont drop to the ground , a man that young didnt quit know this . but he also didnt necessary wanna deal with a cop with a gun .. them kids grew up being talk to by family about how to deal with cops .. wilson just wanted to retire and found go fund me payed out , and you can get off the force and retired with lots of money donated . that is why GO FUND ME STOP ALLOWING COPS TO USE THEM ..

      • Neil F

        It was not a stop for jaywalking. That was the original story which many people don’t want to let go of. Darren Wilson knew of the robbery at the store and saw that Brown was carrying the cigars. And Brown wasn’t shot with his back for the officer. He was shot charging at the officer, after trying to grab his gun. This was witnessed by many black people who we never heard from in the media, because they were afraid to counter the narrative of racist murdering cop. This is all in the doj report.

  • Oak510finest

    As I do agree with protesting. Due to the fact that is does bring attention to an issue. However that should not be the only recourse.

    You would have to ask yourself. Who are they protesting too? A white supremacist judicial system? That has always supported the legalized execution of black people. Especially when done by the military arm of white supremacy. Which are race soldiers posing as cops.

    The resolution to this is either. Creating a economic base to influence local legislation to seek justice with harsh consequences. Or return the treatment by responding in kind.

    • Derrel Johnson

      Great comment. I think the most authentic of protests come with frustration with events. The death of Mike Brown led to that.

  • Mika Maria

    Wow… it’s disheartening to read
    justifications of murder such as this… cops lie…the lawyers lie….the state forensic will lie to cover up for the officer…smdh…will this ever end ?

    • Derrel Johnson

      Sadly, we may not see it end in our lifetime.

  • britishrose

    these people have been so disrespected by the police , mike brown killer was not convicted of murder , he got 400,000 dollar from go fund me and left missouri, he is now working for a different police dept under disguise in a whole nother city , that is what happen to cops , they dont retire they go to another small town and sign up , under a different name and work this is the privelege they get when they kill a human for no reason . . just cause you carry a gun and you enforcelaw dont mean you follow and kill a citizen ,, just cause you believe something is strange about them , he could have called back up thenm followed these men . i swear cops are so dirty ,and racist not all but most the white ones really are

    • Derrel Johnson

      Tell it like it is.

  • Jerry Washington

    I don’t think I can share with you the enthusiasm concerning Michael Brown I watch the death videos that came for the day after man as a young man who purports to be college-educated dude mr. Michael Brown was a bully I even saw a video of him beating a man down a old man down over drugs I saw the video it when he pushed the store owner after you stole the cigarillos I even watch the video when the officer told him to get down and he refused I’m sorry Black America but God damn it we cannot continue to celebrate criminals we have got to get to the point where we know the difference between the two. And one other thing God bless his mama who’s got a book out I’m sure I’m going to run into it but make no mistake about it Michael Brown was a homeboy from the hood and he did a lot of things that were no good all Michael Brian to do is get on the ground we talking about the officer that has got fired his gun in the five years that he was on the force think about it with a 5 years ago on the force this man had to draw his weapon and from the looks of things he had to so don’t get it twisted black folks we all know that black folder been treated bad in that area lot of them will be in charge of necessarily I get it but speaking specifically about Michael Brown he should have got on the ground.