Shots Fired During Ferguson, Mo., Protest; No One Hurt

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2016

Family and friends of the teenager had earlier that day held a memorial for the 18-year-old, releasing doves into the sky. It's how he would have wanted to be commemorated. Several people were injured, at least one person seriously.

Gunfire broke out after a hit and run during a peaceful protest in Ferguson to mark the second anniversary of Michael Brown's murder. Police say multiple gunshots were fired at a vehicle after it struck a protester who was walking in the middle of the street, attempting to block traffic. "A lady came down and hit a protester - knocked the shoes off his feet", witness Sharon Cowan told The Associated Press "Hit him, and he rolled and he bounced".

Men can then be heard yelling "move, move" and swearing as they try to stop the auto from driving away.

Officials say there's no evidence that anyone was shot.


In honor of Michael Brown.

Heather De Mian, who took the video of the gunfire, said the protests overnight were peaceful at first.

The man was reported to be badly injured, and was taken by a private auto to a hospital, Cowan told The Chicago Tribune. The officer, who resigned, was cleared by a state grand jury and the U.S. Justice Department.

The killing led to a Justice Department consent decree for reforms in Ferguson and spawned a national conversation about unfair policing of African-Americans.


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.

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

"My son built families up, opened the eyes of the world and let them know this ain't right", he said. This color is handsome.

Later Tuesday, a crowd of a few dozen protesters marched from Canfield Drive to a busy intersection that's been the site of protests before.


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