​Billionaire Ferguson Protest: Twitter Billionaire Ignites Social Media Protest

Author: John LesterBy:
Staff Reporter
Aug. 18, 2014

Billionaire in Ferguson protest ignites Twitter after a week since a police shooting killed an unarmed black teenager.

According to CNN Money, Jack Dorsey, the billionaire co-founder of Twitter and a St. Louis native, has been documenting the gatherings and frustrations in the suburban community. His posts contain videos and pictures and he names a few political figures. Most of the videos show the signs carried by demonstrators and the marches up the towns man street.

The billionaire posted part of the Ferguson protest late Friday:

“Feels good to be home. I’ll be standing with everyone in Ferguson all weekend #HandsUpDontShoot … And we walk”

The hashtag references the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot dead by police a week ago, with some witnesses saying the young African American had his hands in the air when he was shot.

Over the weekend the social media maven shared scores of Tweets, many of them video posts from Twitter-owned Vine.

Dorsey’s tweets from his @jack account chronicled a day of peaceful marching and protests, with photos and videos showing people holding placards, playing drums, singing, and chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot!”

He even posted video as rain swept over the evening’s events: “Huge lightning storm is our backdrop. #Ferguson”

Brown’s slaying by a police officer sparked multiple nights of rioting and looting, with police resorting at times to tear gas, smoke bombs and rubber bullets.

The incident also renewed a national debate about relations between law enforcement and African Americans.

On Saturday Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and curfew that would last from midnight (0500 GMT) until 5:00 am for the St. Louis suburb.

He said that the FBI had boosted its presence in Ferguson in efforts to advance the investigation into Brown’s death, bringing an extra 40 agents that sought additional witnesses on Saturday.

Riot police fired tear gas and clashed with looters in the early hours of Saturday, after police named Brown as a suspect in the robbery of a Ferguson convenience store.

Gangs of thieves targeted several stores, including the one that Brown allegedly robbed just before he was shot dead on August 9.

Protesters also hurled Molotov cocktails and bricks at police, who responded with tear gas, smoke bombs and rubber bullets but they mostly stayed at a distance in armored vehicles and riot gear.

In some cases locals locked arms outside stores to keep looters out, and in others store owners showed up carrying rifles and sidearms to protect their property.

As the billionaire continued to post videos of the Ferguson protest hundreds of people gathered peacefully near the scene of Brown’s shooting, marking the exact moment he was shot a week ago.

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