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Latest update : 2014-08-21

Web users divided over Darren Wilson

In this edition: web users divided over the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown; an attack on a teen with autism sparks outrage online; and a British photographer's stunning video of Paris.

WEB USERS DIVIDED OVER DARREN WILSON

The authorities in Ferguson, USA have decided to end speculation over the identity of the police officer who fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown on August 10th. They released his name on Friday. He`s called Darren Wilson and he has worked for the State of Missouri police department for the past six years – debate is rife online.

While countless American web users have taken to social networks to condemn the officer, saying he is a murderer and calling for his arrest, others have shown support for the 28 year old man. The people who posted these messages to Twitter are holding Darren Wilson up as a hero, saying he was only doing his job. An opinion shared by the 32,000 people who liked this “I support officer Wilson” Facebook page.

The same slogan has been printed onto these t-shirts available to buy online. All profits will go to Darren Wilson`s family. There is also a crowdfunding campaign underway on the GoFundMe platform, which has so far raised over 19,000 dollars for the police officer. 

But there is more condemnation that support on the web, where thousands of messages denouncing Darren Wilson`s act continue to pour in. The police department as a whole has also received criticism for resorting to violence far too often. Over 119,000 people have signed this petition addressed to the White House calling on the US government to create a law requiring all police officers wear cameras.

WEB USERS DEMAND JUSTICE AFTER ATTACK ON AUTISTIC TEEN

This online video has sparked widespread outrage. It shows 16 year old Aaron Hill who has autism being viciously attacked by an older person. The incident took place on August 9 at a house party in Okeechobee in Florida and has stirred up lively reactions online. 

Many have taken to Twitter, posting under the #JusticeForAaron hashtag, calling for the person who carried out this disturbing attack to be taken to court and severely punished. A Facebook page has been created, garnering over 70,000 likes. Some web users have also posed with signs condemning the disgusting attack.

The suspect has since been arrested by police, and as reported by American television network WPTV on its website, was identified after he posted the video of him punching and kicking Aaron Hill to his Facebook page. 

He is currently in detention and facing a charge of felony child abuse. Aaron Hill, pictured here on Facebook, meanwhile is recovering from his injuries, which include concussion and facial contusions. 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

The #geliyorterlik hashtag which means the slipper is coming has been trending on Twitter, with Turkish women posting photos of their shoes online, after Turkish opposition MP Aylin Nazliaka threatened to throw her shoes at fellow deputies during a speech denouncing gender dsicrimination in Turkey. Her words have inspired countless microbloggers and this campaign against sexism has now gone viral.

STATS OF THE DAY

What can one dollar buy you around the world ? this infographic was put together by WhenOnEarth.net and illustrates for example that it could get you a watermelon in Costa Rica, a liter of milk in Denmark and a hours parking in the US. But one dollar is a pretty significant sum in other countries, in India it will pay for an unlimited rice meal and in the Philippines it would cover a foot massage.

EXPLORE THE CORAL REEF WITH GOOGLE STREET VIEW

With Google Street View, you can now explore the magnificent coral reefs of Florida Keys in the US. The web giant`s mapping service has put together a huge collection of underwater photographs from thousands of islands that border the American coastlines. The images will also help scientists study the impact of climate change and pollution on ocean floors around the world.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

British photographer Paul Richardson spent five weeks, over 400 hours, editing images from his three week trip to Paris to produce this exceptional time lapse video. Available to view on his Vimeo page, it takes viewers on a virtual visit around the French capital.

By Electron Libre

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