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Tensions still running high during Ferguson vigil for Michael Brown

FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) - Protests continue in the City of Ferguson as members of the community continue to voice their outrage over the police-involved shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old.

Community members continued to gather and chant in preparation for an 8pm vigil for Mike Brown who was shot and killed Saturday night during an altercation with a Ferguson police officer.

There are reports that the crowd was becoming unruly Sunday evening.  Witnesses tweeted photos and video of people blocking emergency vehicles responding to a medical emergency.

There are also reports on Twitter that St. Louis Alderman Anotino French intervened when a crowd of people tried to pull a white tow truck driver from his truck.

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Michael Brown's family members hold up his photos and community prepares for Sunday's candelight vigil /@besteybruceTV

Earlier Sunday, members of the St. Louis Clergy Coalition held a prayer vigil outside the Ferguson Police Department.  Ministers prayed for the family of Michael Brown who was shot and killed Saturday during an encounter with a Ferguson police officer.

The group is circulating a petition calling for a dialogue between Ferguson police clergy citizens and elected officials to address the death of Michael Brown and rebuild mutual trust and respect.

The 8 p.m. vigil will take place in the Canfield Green apartment complex where Brown died.

The Associated Press reports the Reverend Al Sharpton will meet with the family of Mike Brown on Monday or Tuesday.

He released this statement on Sunday:

Sunday, August 10, 2014 (New York, NY)—

“I just spoke with Leslie McSpadden, the grandfather of Michael Brown. He has asked me to come to St. Louis in light of the police killing of his grandson to assist the family in achieving a fair investigation and justice. I assured him that National Action Network will stand with the family, as we have done for families around the country and assist in any way that we can. I am dispatching Rev. De-Ves Toon of our National Action Network field department to St. Louis immediately to prepare for my visit, and to work with groups in the area as we pursue justice in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

-Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network

 

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17 comments

  • Derek Watson

    I remeber something in the 90s where a white driver was pulled out a of vehicle and beaten mercilessly by a group of black people. Now what was that again…

  • The truth

    The “New Century Foundation” studies Federal crime reports, and found significant differences in crime ratio between races, verified by the FBI’s NCVS, National Crime Victimization Survey, and The Department of Justice’s UCR, Uniform Crime Reports, FBI Communication’s Division, 304-625-4995.

    They state emphatically that the Judicial System is not biased against minorities.

    Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery.

    Blacks are three times more likely to use a hand gun, and twice more likely to use a knife.

    Hispanics commit three times more violent crimes than whites, but the statistics are nebulous because sometimes they are classified as white, so it could be far higher.

    The best indicator of violent crime levels in an area is the percent of the population that is black and Hispanic.

    Blacks are 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against whites then vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit a robbery.

    Forty-five percent of black crime is against whites, 43 against other blacks, and 10 percent against Hispanic.

    Blacks are seven times more likely to go to prison, Hispanics three times, and the reason is clear, because from 1980 to 2003 the US incarceration rate has tripled.

    • More truth

      And when blacks or Hispanics kill a white person, they go to jail- as they should. That is the difference. Also, how about you look at some of the systematic reasons that your statistics are the way they are. Let me guess you believe in reverse racism?

  • No Mo Money!

    There are 2.1 million male prisoners in the US. 1 million of them (40%) are Black even though Blacks as a whole only make up 13% of the population. This # includes women too.

  • mg

    When will you realize that sharpton is a race baiter? He profits from your pain and as long as you riot and act stupid his pockets get full.

  • mg

    Won’t be long before Jackson gets in on it to! Maybe the ‘pres’ will come off yet another vacation to claim another ‘son’. As long as there is a race war about or possibly able to be started and people listen to the race baiters , race will always be an issue. And thus fascism will never go away

  • zante

    These people looting the Quik Trip are not doing anything to protest the shooting of the young black man. They are just being criminals going in to grab anything they can grab. They are using this as an excuse to loot.

  • L.Brown

    I must say that this hurts my heart, the killing of this innocent kid as well the actions of the people in the video. Violence is not the answer.

  • Shaking my head

    So you loot a business and then burn it to the ground and that gets justice, how? A business that belongs to a COMPLETELY INNOCENT person. A person who is completely unrelated to the case, and now may have lost everything at your hand. Who had employees who now may not have a job to go to today. It’s totally wrong. It’s immoral and criminal.

    Just because a person says that they’re doing this for ‘justice’ with regards to Mr Brown, doesn’t mean that they’re not lying through their teeth. Carry a picket sign, work the system, have a vigil, put pressure on local officials and have it all documented in the media. But loot and burn? Then you’re doing that for yourself for completely different reasons.

  • LAS

    How is it that the national news has more details of this shooting than the local Fox news network. They say the two men were confronted by the police office in front of the apartment complex (no reason stated), one of them attacked the officer and shoved him into his squad car and fought with him inside the car. A shot was fired inside the vehicle and then the struggle spilled out into the street where more shots were fired.
    This doesn’t sound like some innocent kid being gunned down for walking in the middle of the street. This sound like some hot-head, with a chip on his shoulder, attacking an officer of the law and having his attack met with gunfire. This would be especially justified if it was two thugs on one officer. But, all I keep seeing on Fox is the phrase that the teenager was “unarmed”. You don’t have to have a gun or a knife if you are beating your opponent with two big fists or choking them. No one is really “unarmed” at close quarters, in a fight.

  • Ripped1x

    Blacks are animals, this just proves it, burn down a Quiktrip. Why didn’t you tough guys try to burn down the cop shop? They’re thr ones you had the beef with.

    If it weren’t for this kid trying to take the cops gun away he never would have been shot. They should have called in the national guard and napalmed Ferguson when this thing started and it would all be over by now and we wouldn’t have been subjected to the NAACP and Al Sharpton.

    What a joke!

  • E.Z.

    Title: “White Police Officer”
    This in response to the Mike Brown case and other forms of police brutality, abuse, and negligence.

    Dear White Police Officer,

    “White Police Officer,
    Why must you treat ME like this?
    White Police Officer,
    Is it the color of MY skin?

    I see you walk by those other white children and don’t wonder or question,
    But when one of US comes around,
    It’s like WE are the only ones headed in the wrong direction.

    I know that I am young,
    And I may do foolish things,
    But White Police Officer,
    It is YOU who have sinned.

    It seems like everyday you look for an excuse,
    To abuse the power bestowed to you,
    Then present lies to the public,
    While hiding the truth.

    WE put OUR trust in you to keep US safe,
    Isn’t that why WE paid and STILL pay?
    But this trust you have broken,
    And turned OUR people back into slaves.

    Life is not fair,
    This a truth I have learned to accept,
    We give OUR all to the justice system,
    Yet they still rope OUR necks.

    It seems like everyday another BLACK child is dying of abuse and negligence,
    But if it was a white child in that same situation,
    I bet the outcome would be different.

    So WHO is the problem?
    WHAT is the issue?
    Should little BLACK boys now be allowed to carry pistols?

    But WHY promote the same method of violence that plagues OUR communities on a daily,
    And leaves WHOLE, BLACK, families broken and empty.

    Yet I think I have the solution,
    Although crazy it sounds,
    Tell White Police Officers,
    To lay their guns on the ground.

    Maybe they need to know how it feels to be confused and defenseless,
    And ONE DAY, just maybe, THEY will know HOW and WHEN to really use their weapon.”

    Sincerely,
    E.Z.

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