A turning point for Ferguson
FERGUSON, Missouri – Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson declared the protests that went into the wee hours Thursday “a very good night in Ferguson,” marking a turning point in what would become a string of relatively peaceful nights.
Attorney General Eric Holder, after returning from the St. Louis suburb, said in a press conference that “this Department of Justice stands with the people of Ferguson.” Meanwhile, African-American leaders in Missouri called for the resignation of Ferguson Mayor James Knowles, and protesters continued to demand authorities fire Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where they had been in place for a couple days.
The NAACP organized a march, which took place on Saturday, hoping to channel outrage into political action in the community. On Sunday, Michael Brown’s parents, along with families of Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant, came together for “Peace Fest 2014” in Forest Park in St. Louis, an event hosted by The Trayvon Martin Foundation and Better Family Life. The Brown family called for a day of peace and calm ahead of the funeral for their son.
“Tomorrow, all I want is peace while my son is being laid to rest,” Michael Brown Sr. said Sunday at the rally. “Please, please take a day of silence so we can lay our son to rest. Please. That’s all I ask. And thank you.”
Hundreds of people attended the rally, which sought to bring attention to the shootings of young African-American men.
Thousands of dollars have been raised for the officer who fatally shot unarmed teen Michael Brown through a crowdfunding website created at the beginning of the week.