Gunfire In Ferguson, Missouri Mars Michael Brown Protest
Yesterday, August 9th, marked the second-year anniversary of Michael Brown‘s death in Ferguson, Missouri. In a moment of reflection where there was a 4.5 minute moment of silence for the slain 18-year-old, plus words of reflection and calls for peace from Brown’s father — gunfire broke out after a car hit a protester marring the moment in dramatic fashion.
According to reports, a car hit the protester during an evening march along a major street in Ferguson. Sharon Cowan, who witnessed the incident, told the Associated Press that the driver, a woman, “knocked the shoes off his feet… Hit him, and he rolled and he bounced.” Photos were released showing the protester appearing to be conscious and carried away.
“Shortly after he was hit, a number of protesters began chasing the car, pulling out guns and firing them as they did so,” Cowan said. “The bullets started flying, and I started screaming,” said Heather DeMian. Jeff Small, a spokesman for Ferguson Police, said that it appeared that the car driver had not intended to knock over a protester, and she was being “very co-operative,” according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper.
There were bullet holes in the car, but no one was injured.
The gunfire mars an otherwise symbolic day, as Michael Brown’s father continued to honor his son and call for peace. “[My son was someone who] built families up, opened the eyes of the world and let them know [that] this ain’t right,” he said. “This color is beautiful. Black is beautiful.” Ferguson has been a hotbed for protests since the fatal shooting that happened in 2014. Demonstrations have grown to other cities in the United States after a jury decided not to charge Officer Darren Wilson over the killing, and further emboldened the #BlackLivesMatter movement.