Ferguson commemorates Michael Brown shooting

Ferguson, Missouri ready to protest again over Michael Brown’s death in 2014

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Aug 10, 2015

A year has passed since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson on Aug. 9, 2014 by white police officer Darren Wilson.

Brown, unarmed was killed after a verbal argument with the police officer.

Autopsy records indicated that Brown was not shot from long distance, but rather shot in close proximity with six bullet wounds, leaving him dead. His lifeless body was on the ground for four hours. 

However, Wilson was found innocent, which resulted in uprising's across the country for weeks. The hashtag #Blacklivesmatter became popular all around the country as people were protesting.

Today, a year after the violent  protests people in St Louis are preparing for "positive and peaceful" events as the Chosen for Change Foundation says.

The events as well as the organization itself is organized by Brown's father and will include concerts, peaceful protests and a moment of silence to honor Brown’s death.

"I'm expecting hundreds if not thousands of people," said Tommie Pierson Sr., pastor of the Greater Saint Mark Family Church.

"We are not anticipating any violence. However, you have to always be prepared," he added.

A portion of the events started on Saturday with protests where people chanted, "hands up, don't shoot" and "we do this for who? We do this for Mike Brown."

Protesters also gathered outside of police headquarters shouting, "hey hey, ho ho, these killer cops have got to go!"

Last years events raised issues about police violence around the country.

According to data compiled by The Washington Post, 385 people have been shot dead by US police during the first five months of 2015

At least 385 people were shot and killed by US police nationwide this year.

Of the 385 fatal shootings, only three have resulted in an officer being charged with a crime.

TRTWorld and agencies