(New Orleans, LA) – When residents of New Orleans heard about the shooting of Michael Brown, they initially felt it was a cause for celebration.
After all, this was “Brownie” – the former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) who served during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
This was “Brownie” – the man who fretted about his appearance as thousands died.
This was “Brownie” – who did “a heck of a job” as the city drowned.
But their jubilation turned to disbelief and anger as they learned the truth: they had the wrong Michael Brown.
“We originally felt we finally had something to cheer about,” said a longtime New Orleans resident, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We thought justice had finally been done. After almost nine years, the man got what was coming to him.
“Now we know it wasn’t Mr. Brownie, so we’re all very upset. Almost as upset about what’s going on 700 miles away [in Ferguson, MO].”
Ferguson remains a hotbed of unrest following the August 9 shooting of unarmed African-American Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson. The city has endured days of rioting, looting, arrests, investigations, additional shootings, and autopsies. Many more are expected in the coming weeks.