Yesterday, protesters took to the streets in droves in Ferguson, Missouri in recognition of the 1-year anniversary of Michael Brown‘s death at the hands of police. August 9 recalled dark memories of 2014, when an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, was shot 6 times by Darren Wilson, a Caucasian former Ferguson police officer, despite evidence pointing to the fact that Brown’s hands were up in the air in a surrendering manner.
Unfortunately, yesterday’s events were also marked by a police-related shooting. According to the Associated Press, a young man, Tyrone Harris, along with several other people was involved in a stand-off with police, and in the ensuing chaos, Harris was shot.
According to St Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, a “remarkable amount of gunfire” was exchanged during the stand-off, and Harris has since been charged with assault. Harris was reportedly a “close friend” of Michael Brown’s, and the two attended the same St. Louis high school.