Tuesday, September 30, 2014

VIDEO: A Night of Anger, Violence in Ferguson After Michael Brown Memorial Burns

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Ferguson protesters demonstrate outside the beauty store that had its windows smashed that night.
  • Ferguson protesters demonstrate outside the beauty store that had its windows smashed that night.

By the time night fell in Ferguson on September 23, anger and frustration had been brewing all day long.

First, there was the disappointing news that the grand jury tasked with charging (or not charging) Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson won't make a decision for weeks.

Then part of the makeshift memorial built where Michael Brown, the unarmed teen Wilson shot to death, burnt to ashes in the early morning.

See also: Businesses Damaged, Protesters Arrested in Ferguson After Michael Brown Memorial Burns

Ferguson residents and protesters -- many of whom think Wilson should be arrested and charged with murder -- believed the fire at the Canfield Drive shrine was a deliberate disrespect to Brown. (Police are still investigating whether the fire was intentionally set.)

Tuesday night saw a resurgence in the property damage, gunfire and clashes with police that threw Ferguson into crisis in the long, tense nights following Brown's death. Protesters fired shots at police, broke the windows at a West Florissant Drive beauty store, set a custard stand on fire and injured two police officers.

Videographer Bradley Rayford, who has been on the ground in Ferguson since day one and whose work was previous featured on MSNBC, was there from the morning anger over the burned memorial to the night of unrest. He put together this video digest of the day for Riverfront Times:

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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