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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ferguson Protest Continues

I'm glad its a peaceful protest in St. Louis and not like the one that was a riot in Ferguson. Crowds grew larger and more diverse as peaceful protesters shut down parts of the city while the investigations into the deaths of two black teenagers killed by police went on with few answers.

“Ferguson October,” a planned weekend of 4-day protests, happened Saturday without the violence, rioting and looting that characterized earlier demonstrations. The families of both Michael Brown and Vonderrit Myers Jr. urged people to keep calm yet pressure authorities on the cases of the two late men. A grand jury is still meeting to determine if the officer who killed Brown will be charged and St. Louis Metropolitan Police are still looking into whether Myers’ shooting was justified.

Brown, 18, was killed Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. Police say there was a struggle inside the officer’s car and at some point Brown reached for the Wilson’s weapon. However, Brown’s family says the teen was killed as he raised his hands to surrender to Wilson.

However, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson said Myers was shot when he got into a “physical altercation” with an officer. Myers, was allegedly being chased by that officer when the teen turned and “pointed the gun at the officer and fired at least three rounds before his gun jammed,” Dotson said.

Willie Kilpatrick, the Myers’ family’s pastor and spokesperson, insisted to protesters that there is more to Myers’ death than what police have said. “The police don’t always tell the truth,” Kilpatrick said. “Our son was not involved in a shootout with police. The police shot our son dead with one shooter and that was the police.”

Meanwhile, protesters vowed to keep disrupting life in Ferguson and St. Louis until Brown and Myers’ deaths get properly handled. Organizers said they expected thousands of people to take part in marches, rallies and a yet-to-be-detailed act of civil disobedience throughout Columbus Day weekend.

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