Burning of Michael Brown Memorial Disrupts Peace in Ferguson, Again
After a few calm weeks in Ferguson, MO and the city was ignited in an uproar again. On Tuesday (Sept. 23), one of the two memorials for slain teen Michael Brown was burned, which ticked off residents once again.
The shrine that was destroyed was set up on Canfield Drive, the street where the 18-year-old was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9th.
“Someone waited until everyone was asleep and set it on fire,” David Whitt of Canfield Watchmen told the St. Louis Dispatch.
After it was burned down, Ferguson residents united to rebuild the memorial but the peace did not last for long. The St. Louis Dispatch reports that later that night, windows of local business were smashed, there were looting attempts and rocks and bricks were thrown at police. Four adults and a minor were reportedly arrested for assault, inciting a riot or failure to disperse.
"We cannot have nights like last night," Captain Ronald S. Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol said in a press conference on Wednesday (Sept. 24). "We can't have actions like last night that can result in injury or death. Those will not be tolerated."
By 10:30 p.m Tuesday night, there were about 200 protesters on the street. By 12:15 a.m, officers began to clearing the streets.
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