Auto strikes protester in Ferguson, shots follow

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2016

A peaceful commemorative event in Ferguson, the Missouri town where police officer Darren Wilson shot the 18-year-old Brown dead in 2014, erupted in gunfire after a auto hit a protester who ventured into the street, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper reported.

Crowds ducked for cover when the gunshots rang out after a vehicle hit a protester who was at the demonstration to remember the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a white police officer in 2014.

Other protesters tried to block the auto to stop the driver from getting away, witnesses told the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Brown, 18, was shot by officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014, an incident that led to months of protests, sometimes violent, in Ferguson.

A memorial service and moment of silence are planned Tuesday to mark the two-year anniversary of Michael Brown's fatal shooting by a police officer in Ferguson.

This isn't the first time that "mostly peaceful" Black Lives Matter protesters in Ferguson have pulled out guns and started shooting at people. A St. Louis County grand jury and the U.S. Justice Department determined that no charges should be filed against Wilson, who resigned that November.

Ferguson Police spokesman Jeff Small said it appeared that the auto driver had not meant to knock over a protester, and she was being "very co-operative", the St Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper reported.

A "mostly peaceful" protester named Jeff williams shot and seriously wounded two officers in March of 2015, and another frequent Ferguson protester named Tyrone Harris was shot and killed after opening fire on police nearly exactly a year ago.

During Michael Brown death anniversary, the slain teen's father made a speech during the memorial service.

He said: "My son built families up, opened the eyes of the world and let them know this ain't right".

The shooting did lead to a consent decree requiring more training for Ferguson police officers, policy changes to decrease the use of force and a more robust system for citizens to make complaints against officers. This color is attractive.

Brandy Shields, 19, went to school with Brown and remembered him as a kid who "never got into trouble".

"It'll get better", Shields told the child.

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