Ferguson Unrest Resumes After Michael Brown Memorial Burns Down
It's unclear if a fire that torched a makeshift memorial for Michael Brown was intentionally set or not.
Several weeks after the turbulence that followed the August 9 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a new round of unrest is being reported. As NBC News and others are noting, the catalyst for the renascent protests appears to be the burning down of a Michael Brown memorial in Ferguson:
Local news affiliate KSDK reported that there was a break-in Tuesday at Beauty Town, a West Florissant cosmetics supply store. There were also reports of gun shots fired near the apartment complex where Brown lived and allegedly outside of Beauty Town. Roughly 200 protesters eventually converged on the scene, according to KDSK.
This has been a fragile peace these last few days. After the fire at the #MikeBrown memorial this morning many feared tonight would be bad.— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) September 24, 2014
It's unclear if the memorial was intentionally burned down or if, as some suggest, the fire resulted from the many candles at the memorial.
Nevertheless, on Tuesday evening and into Wednesday morning, there were numerous accounts of protests in Ferguson, light clashes between police and a crowd of a few hundred demonstrators including some reports of rock-throwing, damage to police vehicles, and seven arrests.
Rocks and bricks thrown at police in #Ferguson. Police move in. pic.twitter.com/sxv4LSBu3W— Robert Cohen (@kodacohen) September 24, 2014
The Post Dispatch added:
Police officials, including Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald S. Johnson, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar and St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, went to the scene. The crowd eventually dwindled to about 50 to 75 shortly before midnight. A line of about a dozen police faced the remaining protesters.
Fight back! #justiceForMikebrown https://t.co/XZ3213tTMV— Tef Poe/FootKlan (@TefPoe) September 24, 2014
Police reported eschewed riot gear and were said to have worn body cameras. Numerous Twitter accounts posted the photo below, allegedly of a police officer wearing a bracelet in tribute to Darren Wilson — the police officer who shot Michael Brown.
“@MediaBlackoutUS:#Ferguson Police w bracelet that reads I am #DarrenWilson. #MediaBlackOutUSA pic.twitter.com/RnS44tAXlI” #ArrestDarrenWilson— Mark Regester (@djmark1972) September 24, 2014
If authentic, this could augur badly for restoring calm in Ferguson.