Multiple gunshots rang out as hundreds gathered Sunday at the spot where Michael Brown was killed by a white police officer to mark the first anniversary of the shooting that rocked the nation and shined a spotlight on race relations in America.
Dozens of police moved into the area where the gunshots were heard. Officers in riot gear and armored vehicles quickly filled the streets.
At least one victim was taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital, KSDK-TV in St. Louis reports.
Moments after the shots were fired, a young woman screamed, “They killed my brother. They shot my brother.”
Earlier, Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., shared a few words during a silent march to thank those who stood by him since his 18-year-old son was killed.
“You made this happen for us,” Brown said, explaining that his son’s name and case gained notoriety because thousands of people supported the family by protesting.
“I miss you boy,” the father said.
Erica Snipes is the daughter of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in New York after an officer put him in a chokehold, She told the crowd that elected officials must be held accountable.
“This year has just been so hard — no accountability, no justice — police are still killing us,” Snipes said.
Rows of teddy bears, flowers and balloons sat in the middle of the road as a growing open air memorial to the younger Brown. A more permanent memorial — an image of a dove carved into a cement sidewalk — was nearby. At 12:02 p.m., a 4 1/2-minute moment of silence represented the time Wilson shot Brown and the length of time his lifeless body lay in the street.
Brown’s father then led a march from the spot where his son died to nearby Greater St. Mark Family Church. Along the way, at the corner of Chambers Road and West Florissant Avenue, Brown and hundreds of marchers stopped for another 4 1/2 minutes of silence to remember Brown’s son.
“This is sponsored by Darren Wilson,” said Anthony Shahid, a community activist, referring to the Ferguson police officer who had shot the teen.
The elder Brown and some supporters wore “Chosen 4 Change” shirts, a reference to the nonprofit foundation he helped start. Signs in the crowd included “Racism is destroying Amerikkka” and “Stop killing black children” and “Respect and protect the black woman.”
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SOURCE: USA Today – Yamiche Alcindor