Hands Up, Don't Shoot!

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In September 2014, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) opened two inquiries into issues related to the shooting of Michael Brown, one focused on the shooting itself and the other on
police-community relations in the city of Ferguson. In this lesson, students review the DOJ's findings, the complexity of the DOJ's task, and the implications of the findings for journalists and consumers of news. Finally, students reflect on the persistent differences in understanding about the events in Ferguson and what individuals, community leaders, and journalists can do to try to bridge those gaps.
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    Grade: 9 to 12

    Topics: American Democracy, Civics

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