'Weekend of Resistance' kicks off in Ferguson

  • Demonstrators march through the streets on Oct. 13, 2014 in St Louis, Mo.
  • Demonstrators listen to speakers during a rally on the campus of Saint Louis University on Oct. 13, 2014 in St Louis, Mo.
  • St. Louis Police department officers block the Grand bridge in St. Louis, Mo., early on Oct. 13, 2014. 
  •  Demonstrators listen to speakers during a rally on the campus of Saint Louis University on Oct. 3, 2014 in St Louis, Mo.
  • Demonstrators stand on the Grand bridge in St. Louis, Missouri early Oct. 13, 2014
  • Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown and 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. sit during a civil act of disobedience as police officers in riot gear stand nearby at a QuikTrip convince store and gas station October, 12 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. Civil rights organizations, protest groups and people from around the country were protesting the August 9 shooting of Brown, which involved Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson and Meyers, who was shot and killed last week by an off duty St. Louis police officer. 
  • Inspired by the August 9 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, demonstrators march through downtown to protest racial injustice on Oct. 11, 2014 in St. Louis, Mo.
  • Demonstrators chant slogans during a rally in St. Louis, Mo., on Oct. 11, 2014.
  • Inspired by the August 9 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, demonstrators march through downtown to protest racial injustice on Oct. 11, 2014 in St. Louis, Mo.
  • A protester yells at a Missouri State Police officer during a protest at the Ferguson, Mo., police headquarters on Oct. 10, 2014. 
  • A protester holds up a sign across the street from the police station during a protest in Ferguson, Mo., Oct. 10, 2014. Civil rights organizations and protest groups have invited people from around the country to join vigils and marches from Friday to Monday over the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown.
  • Protesters stand-off against police during a protest in Ferguson, Mo., on Oct. 10, 2014.
  • Young women attend a candlelight vigil for victims of gun violence Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Police officers block an intersection during a protest after a vigil in St. Louis, Mo., on Oct. 9, 2014. 
  • Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the Oct. 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on Oct. 9, 2014 in St Louis, Mo.
  • A protester cheers after blocking an intersection after a vigil in St. Louis, Mo., on Oct. 9, 2014. 
  • People gather outside the store that 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. had left before he was killed on Oct. 9, 2014 in St Louis, Mo.
  • A protester cheers after blocking an intersection after a vigil in St. Louis, Mo., on Oct. 9, 2014. 
  • Demonstrators block an intersection as they march through the streets protesting the Oct. 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on Oct. 9, 2014 in St. Louis, Mo.
  • Family members attend a candlelight vigil for 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on Oct. 9, 2014 in St Louis, Mo. Meyers was shot and killed by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Mo. after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9

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FERGUSON, Missouri– A few thousand protesters participated in a “Justice for All” march in St. Louis on Saturday, one of the largest and most diverse gatherings since activism began over the death of Michael Brown.

Unions, religious groups and student organizations gathered behind banners as flags and posters bobbed down the street while drums thundered above a loud din of chants of “Black lives matter! Black lives matter!”

Peace-keepers and volunteers lined the march route while handfuls of police officers leaned back on their squad cars serving as barricades for the protest. But their precautions proved unnecessary because for the second day in a row the demonstrations remained non-violent.

Over 100 protesters marched peacefully down W. Florissant Ave. on Friday night carrying a mirrored coffin in Michael Brown’s honor, kicking off what organizers coined a “Weekend of Resistance,” a multi-day event designed to pay tribute to the lives of young, black men who have died at the hands of the police. 

Brown was unarmed when he was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9, sparking national outrage and months of protests over racial disparities in law enforcement.

When protesters arrived at the Ferguson Police Department on Friday, they began playing hip-hop music. Some verbally confronted the 20-or-so police officers standing on the sidelines.

“If you touch a police officer, you will be charged with assault,” police warned over a megaphone. But the crowd remained mostly calm – a distinctly lower level of energy than the groups gathered in the days and weeks here after Brown’s death.

The vigil and march Friday night took on greater significance this week after a second shooting just 12 miles away from Ferguson tapped into the community’s frustrations and sparked yet another round of spontaneous protests. 

On Wednesday, a uniformed, off-duty police officer shot 17 bullets at 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr., killing the teen on the spot after he allegedly fired three shots at the officer. According to St. Louis police, a 9mm handgun was recovered at the scene, as were the three bullets apparently fired in the direction of the officer. However, the teen’s family disputes the police account, saying Myers was unarmed and merely carrying a sandwich that he had bought at a local convenience store.

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