LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - October marks 20 years since a similar shooting here in Lexington. Just like in Ferguson, the death of 18-year-old Antonio Sullivan sparked anger and frustration in the community.
"I remember the anger. The anger and people frustration, and wanting people just to listen and to hear them. And a lot I think of that's the same thing that's happening in Ferguson."
George Brown, a former council member, says Lexington leaders worked fast to calm tensions between community members and police October 25, 1994. That night, a Lexington officer shot and killed 18-year-old Antonio Sullivan.
"The police here and the administration and the government basically addressed it fairly quickly," explains Brown, "it's real important that we train police to understand that their job is to protect and serve."
Brown believes the protests we're seeing out of Ferguson run much deeper than anger about the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
"The decisions that are made about representation, about legislation and how people, how the community is governed is not by the majority of the people who live there. So what has been happening in Ferguson probably has been festering for awhile. And the shooting of Mike Brown just spiked it," says Brown.