When protesters gathered in Ferguson Thursday night, they were prepared for tear gas, smoke bombs and canine units -- the go-to tools of the heavily militarized security force that has ruled the streets here for four long nights.
Instead, the streets were clear of police blockades and armored vehicles, finally clearing the way for one of the most unique remembrances for Michael Brown, the unarmed teen whose death set off a wave of unrest and anger, that Daily RFT has seen yet.
Django rode the streets of Ferguson on his black and white horse, Shiloh, Thursday -- the first night in Ferguson without major police intervention. Wearing a T-shirt with the name "Mike Brown" airbrushed in intricate cursive, he rode Shiloh to the spot where Brown was shot multiple times by a still-unidentified Ferguson Police officer and spent a moment honoring his memory.
"Whenever teenagers lose their lives, I do a ride," Django tells Daily RFT.
He first started after he lost his teenage nephew in a car accident, and he keeps a picture of his nephew where he'll see it every day, on his phone's home screen.Django and Shiloh quickly became crowd favorites as Thursday's protests took on the tone of a "partest," a term coined by a St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer combining a "protest" and a "party." Finally it was safe enough for Django to ride without fearing for the flash-bangs of tear gas canisters and sound cannons.
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