Exactly one year ago, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. What was supposed to be a day of peace ended in gunfire after a man in his twenties opened fire late Sunday night (August 9) at the one year anniversary gathering held in remembrance of the teen’s death.
Although the gunshots were unexpected, the evening did include a slew of protesters. Still visibly unhappy with the Ferguson police department, protesters reportedly “threw rocks and bottles at officers.” The man who allegedly opened fire on the officers was critically injured by the police force. The man, whose name has not been released, underwent surgery early Monday (August 10) after being shot by an officer.
According to Saint Louis County Police Chief, Jon Belmar:
“We cannot continue, we cannot talk about the good things that we have been talking about, if we are prevented from moving forward with this kind of violence,” he said. “Protesters are people who are out there to effect change,” he said. There were “several people shooting, several rounds shot.”
The day began as planned, peaceful and contemplative. Remarkably, there were no other victims of gunshot wounds.