FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – It’s been a tense time in Ferguson ever since Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer.
Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III and Brown’s parents were at a rally Sunday afternoon in Ferguson.
This started last weekend when Michael Brown was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The unarmed teen’s death sparked several rallies throughout this past week. The people are demanding a transparent investigation and asking everyone in Ferguson to rally peacefully.
Some people have been seen looting at several Ferguson businesses and behaving violently. Police in full riot gear have used tear gas to control the chaos twice, including last night when several people refused to comply with a midnight curfew in Ferguson that the governor put in place. People at the rally called the move by police shocking. They are also condemned the looting.
There is also a lot of talk about a security video that the Ferguson police department released. Police say it shows Michael Brown stealing some cigars by force from a store the day he was shot to death, but police admit Officer Wilson was not investigating the theft when he stopped Brown. Rev. Sharpton called it a disgraceful attempt to smear Michael Brown.
The department of justice is now involved in the investigation. Rev. Sharpton says this rally was just in glimpse into what’s coming. He is trying to organize what he calls an “arms up” rally in Washington, D.C. to get legislation passed to address police brutality. “Arms Up” has become the slogan of this people leading the rallies.
Money was also collected for Michael Brown’s family during the rally.