Newspaper Blowing In The Wind

 

Note: You have to be familiar with small details in the case to get the best reading experience.

FADE IN

EXT. WEST FLORISSANT AVENUE IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI – NIGHT

POLICE OFFICER

 (stands atop Mine Resistant Protected Vehicle with loudspeaker) If you are not credential media, you need to disperse immediately or you will be subject to arrest.

CIVILIAN

This our house! We not going nowhere!

POLICE OFFICER

With the exception of the media, you need to disperse or you will be subject to arrest. Please go home now.

CIVILIAN 2

We not moving! This our city! (kneels down with hands in the air and kisses the pavement)

*About 200 officers in gas masks and holding full-length shields gradually advance towards the scant crowd with the Mine Resistant Protected Vehicle slowly driving in-between them*

*SCREEN BLACKS OUT*

*Camera shows officers escorting several men handcuffed with white plastic-ties to nearby police vans*

*SCREEN BLACKS OUT*

POLICE OFFICER

(walks to where the media is stationed) Please leave the area for public safety. 2 people have been shot.

DON LEMON

 The media too?

POLICE OFFICER

 Yes, everyone. 2 people were shot. This is a public safety concern.

DON LEMON

 Are they okay?

POLICE OFFICER

 They’re still alive.

DON LEMON

Who were they shot by?

POLICE OFFICER

Not by us!

*SCREEN BRIEFLY BLACKS OUT BEFORE SHOWING A WHITE SCREEN OF SOMEONE TYPING A NEW TWEET. IT READS “I’m worried about the implications of police limiting the media here now for ‘safety.’ #Ferguson” SCREEN BRIEFLY BLACKS OUT AGAIN BEFORE SHOWING A WHITE SCREEN OF ANOTHER PERSON TYPING A NEW TWEET. IT READS, “Wait. So now they are removing the press from the area? THEY ARE REMOVING THE WITNESSES?! #Ferguson.”*

*SCREEN BLACKS OUT FOR 35 SECONDS. A TOTAL OF 17 GUNSHOTS ARE HEARD IN THE DURATION*

INT. CNN NEWS ROOM – DAY

DON LEMON

More breaking news from out of Ferguson this morning. Police shot and killed another unarmed black teen last night during their street sweep. This all happened after police told us, the media, that we had to leave the area for our safety after someone was shot. We cannot confirm if the person that was killed last night was one of the 2 gunshot victims police told us about. But we do believe it was a different person because the officer assured us the 2 gunshot victims were NOT shot by police. (sighs) If they had body cameras this would not be an issue. But because they didn’t we will never know the truth.

*6 HOURS LATER*

INT. CNN NEWS ROOM – AFTERNOON

DON LEMON

Darren Wilson, the white police officer that killed Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager, has been arrested this afternoon.

INT. FERGUSON POLICE DEPARTMENT – AFTERNOON

GUY 1

What are you in for?

GUY 2

 (eyes water up) I WAS a small business owner. Because of the violent protesting and overwhelming police presence, customers went elsewhere. I was losing a thousand dollars a day before I had to just cut my losses and board the place up. I wanted revenge. (cries)

GUY 1

 I’m so sorry to hear that.

GUY 3

 What are you in for?

GUY 1

I lost my job because of the curfew. I worked the graveyard shift. When I tried to leave midnight Saturday for work, troopers pulled me over and told me to go back home. I told my boss but he didn’t understand and fired me. Said I signed a contract that said I cannot request time off for the first 30 days. I just started last Wednesday. I wanted revenge too. What about you?

GUY 3

I’m from California. I’m an anarchist. I came down as a plant.

GUY 1

What do you mean?

GUY 3

 To blend in with the so-called “peaceful” protestors, although, I’m white. I wanted to incite more police brutality against minorities. You see, I don’t believe in marching and parading around with signs. If you want change, everlasting change, then you have to precede it with chaos.

GUY 2

(jumps up) It’s because of you I lost my business.

GUY 1

Calm down!

GUY 2

It’s because of you 15 hard years went down the drain in 7 days.

GUY 1

Calm down!

GUY 2

It’s because of you I have to find another way to feed my kids!

GUY 3

 You see, I’m not a monster. I’m just ahead of the curve.

GUY 2

 (pulls back to launch a punch)

GUY 1

 (holds him back)

CUT SCENE

*2 officers escort Darren Wilson to prison cell*

OFFICER 1

 You’re locking him up in here?

OFFICER 2

The Occupation Act allows for non-segregation of law enforcement officials and civilians. No matter if they killed an unarmed black civilian you can throw said official in the same holding cell with the unarmed black civilian’s relatives and friends. (smirks)

*Guy 2 and Guy 3 are still arguing*

OFFICER 2

 Aye! Aye! Aye! Aye! Aye! You might want to save your energy.

*Camera spans across the shocked faces of the 78 inmates*

OFFICER 2

 (Pushes Darren Wilson in the cell) Have fun!

*SCREEN BLACKS OUT*

*3 HOURS LATER*

INT. CNN NEWS ROOM – EVENING

DON LEMON

 Breaking News from The Ferguson Police Department. Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed the unarmed teenager Michael Brown has been killed in prison.

*6 MONTHS LATER*

EXT. WEST FLORISSANT AVENUE IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI – MORNING

JOURNALIST

(gets out car) (walks up to building)

*Wide-view camera angle shows the architecture of the building. Camera zooms in on the flag at the top bearing the company’s name, Mics Dare Win Technologies.*

INT. BUILDING – MORNING

JOURNALIST

 Hi, I’m Reginald Tapper with Time Magazine and I’m here to talk to the CEO about the company’s success after the Darren Wilson, Mike Brown incident. Because of what happened a few months back, Obama has made body cameras standard on the uniform of law enforcement and all police departments that didn’t comply were shut down. And because y’all are the only company that sells these body cameras and this uploading software, y’all have profited tremendously and monopolized the entire market. And y’all’s daring presence on a street that had protestor, police clashes, businesses shutting down, has turned Ferguson into a booming economy. It’s the only sunshine in a otherwise dark story.

RECEPTIONIST

 Thank you so much! But I’m sorry, you can’t meet the CEO’s.

JOURNALIST

There’s 2 of them?

RECEPTIONIST

 Yeah.

JOURNALIST

Why can’t I see them? I have my credentials.

RECEPTIONIST

 I understand. Well … they’re never here. I haven’t even met them. I’ve been working here for 3 months and have never seen them, heard their voice on any conference call, or anything.

JOURNALIST

What about any other employee?

RECEPTIONIST

I doubt it.

JOURNALIST

 Who do y’all take orders from then?

RECEPTIONIST

Every morning we walk in the door there’s always an agenda book mysteriously laid out on the counter.

JOURNALIST

That’s weird. Well thanks, anyway. (heads towards exit).

JANITOR

(whistling)

JOURNALIST

I’m sorry I have to walk all over the floor while you’re mopping it.

JANITOR

 I accept your apology only if you’re not secretly hiding your wings in your jacket. (laughs)

JOURNALIST

 (laughs) Hey, you look familiar. Were you around a few months back when that stuff happened?

JANITOR

 Yeah, I got arrested for protesting.

JOURNALIST

 That’s probably where I know you from. From watching the news. Is it true that none of you know who the CEO’s of this place is?

JANITOR

No, and the way things have ran, we probably never will.

JOURNALIST

 What you mean?

JANITOR

I mean, how many companies you know are able to thrive without the physical presence of its leader? Profits are up, employees are well-paid and well-behaved. Communication from the top to the bottom … me … is phenomenal. I just want to meet the CEO’s just once … to shake their hands. But I doubt they want to take that glass with the umbrella straw out of their hand to shake little ole mines.

JOURNALIST

 (laughs)

JANITOR

 Yeah, they’re probably on an everlasting vacation somewhere.

EXT. HAWAII BEACH – MORNING

*Sweeping aerial camera view of beach shows people playing in the sand and water*

*Camera creeps behind a person sitting on a beach chair reading a newspaper. It’s their POV. Camera zooms in on paper’s headline, “Mics Dare Win Profits Continue To Soar.”*

PERSON 1

(opens newspaper) (closes newspaper) (sits newspaper on nearby table) (sits police badge on top of newspaper to keep it from flying away)

PERSON 2

(opens newspaper) (closes newspaper) (sits newspaper on nearby table) (sits a red Cardinals baseball cap on top of newspaper to keep it from flying away)

 

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