Michael Brown Anniversary: Gunfire Disrupts Peace and Activism Leaders Arrested as Protests Continue
Sunday, Aug. 9, 2014 marked a day that would change lives and history. Ferguson, Mo. teen, Michael Brown, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson. Brown was unarmed and the circumstances surrounding his death sparked national cries for investigation and justice. Some say his death also strengthened a renewed civil rights awareness and movement, shedding light on hundreds of other cases and a pattern of law enforcement practices that have disenfranchised people of color for generations.
According to reports yesterday, organizations and activists hosted peaceful vigils in remembrance of Brown’s death across the country, from Ferguson to the west coast, but in the very area where he died, peace turned into chaos after gunfire was exchanged between a teen and police.
Police indicate, Tyrone Harris, 18, of St. Louis used a stolen handgun to fire shots at police officers. Harris is being charged with four counts of first-degree assault on law enforcement, five counts of armed criminal action and one count of discharging a firearm at a motor vehicle. As of this afternoon, Harris is in a hospital in critical condition and is being held on a $250,000 cash-only bond. Authorities say he was not a protester and was being tracked by police as the anniversary activities were happening after he opened fire on police.
In another incident, close to 40 protesters, including prominent activist Cornel West, were arrested during the rally in front of the federal courthouse in St. Louis. The rally, part of the ‘Day of Civil Disobedience’ march, began at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral in St. Louis and ended at the Thomas F. Eagleton federal courthouse, where dozens formed a living chain.
After those arrests, state officials have also called a state of emergency in St. Louis County.
Despite these incidents, activists and community leaders are calling for peace and more focus on driving change that will unify citizens and ensure equal and fair treatment of people of color at the hands of law enforcement. Also, women’s rights activists seek to ensure that female cases are remembered, especially in the aftermath of Sandra Bland’s recent arrest and death after being in police custody in Texas.
“We celebrate the life of #MichaelBrown.The climate in #Ferguson is of happiness &joy”. @MariaChapelleN #MoreKinship #HeGaveUsAGift On #KHA
– Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) August 9, 2015
St Louis County executive issues state of emergency during Moral Monday. #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/16o2DacwBx – zellie (@zellieimani) August 10, 2015
Dozens of people marching in St. Louis for #MoralMonday. #MichaelBrown #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/dlDdNZb4Vb – Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 10, 2015
.@CornelWest, @DeRay and @Nettaaaaaaaa Among Dozens Arrested In St. Louis Protests http://t.co/AlpF4NiC7S #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/92fMsx07cW – Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) August 10, 2015
Protesters leaving US Courthouse now. Marching through streets of St. Louis. #MikeBrown #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/OcWgFHa4at – Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 10, 2015
Marchers including @CornelWest have vowed to march and fill the jails. #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/6X88bpJzop – Trymaine Lee (@trymainelee) August 10, 2015
Just got in California….but my heart, mind & prayers are in #Ferguson
– jamalbryant (@jamalhbryant) August 10, 2015
– deray mckesson (@deray) August 10, 2015
And the arrests continue. STL. DOJ. https://t.co/ZRbEISA0pG – deray mckesson (@deray) August 10, 2015
6 black women have died in police custody this year…Why is the majority of the coverage about men? #SayHerName #BlackLivesMatter – Erika Sumner (@ErikaSumner) August 10, 2015
Scrolling through #Ferguson tweets is a chilling reminder of the same regressive policing, emotional wounds & despair we can NEVER escape
– Lilly Workneh (@Lilly_Works) August 10, 2015
They have been doing this since August 9th of last year. #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/OUfsFuYegi
– Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) August 10, 2015
Let’s show the #Ferguson community that we stand with them! Send your message of solidarity + love using #DearFerguson! – Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) August 9, 2015
I value the voice & truth telling of @Nettaaaaaaaa #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/JPIBOnslZJ – zellie (@zellieimani) August 8, 2015
Already loving this #NABJ40 panel with journalists who were on scene in #ferguson confirming how police escalated things.
– CherylDuncanCo (@CherylDuncanCo) August 8, 2015
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