By Scott Malone
FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Activists protesting the fatal shooting in August of an unarmed black teen by a white policeman expressed anger on Saturday after the city’s police chief told local media the officer could return to work if a grand jury does not to charge him criminally.
The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, which saw weeks of sometimes violent protests following the Aug. 9 shooting, is on edge as a grand jury decides whether the officer, Darren Wilson, will face charges for the shooting of Michael Brown.
By Scott Malone
FLORISSANT Mo. (Reuters) – In this quiet city just north of Ferguson, Missouri, the neat streets of small homes and shops show no signs of the racial tension that has gripped the adjacent St. Louis suburb since the fatal police shooting in August of an unarmed black teen.
In riot-scarred Ferguson, many businesses remain boarded up three months since the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Florissant shows no obvious mark of racial tensions, apart from a few “I Love Ferguson” signs put up to show support for its southern neighbor.
LOUIS (Reuters) – The parents of the unarmed black teenager shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, said on Friday that they hoped their meeting with a United Nations committee would help to improve the tone of race relations in the United States.
Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, whose 18-year-old son Michael Brown Jr. was killed on Aug. 9, provoking weeks of sometimes violent demonstrations in Ferguson, spoke to reporters at a St. Louis airport after returning from Geneva, where they met with members of the U.N. Committee on Torture.
LOUIS (Reuters) – In a former union hall in downtown St. Louis, about 100 activists formed a rough circle and, at the instruction of organizer Michael McPhearson, crossed the room wading through a crowd of people going the opposite way.
“How hard was that? How much harder will it be after the grand jury comes back?” McPhearson, executive director of activist group Veterans for Peace, asked the group, which ranged from young black college students to bearded white retirees.