Honoring Michael Brown: Why One Man Marched in Ferguson on Horseback

Categories: Michael Brown

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Ray Downs
"Hooves up, don't shoot!"
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.

See all Riverfront Times coverage of Michael Brown and Ferguson.

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.

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Jessica Lussenhop
Django and Shiloh.
"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.

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Jessica Lussenhop
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.

Django and Shiloh weren't the only ones riding through Ferguson on less-than-conventional transportation. Click to the next page to see photos of Thomas the Tank Engine rolling through the St. Louis suburb.


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21 comments
joclue
joclue

Oh God!,  Please do not bring innocent animals into this awful mess.

Jeff Craig
Jeff Craig

I see an ego self-promoting and jumping on photo opportunity.

Donny Cox
Donny Cox

See now the truth comes out!! Like I said I believe the cop was right!! Now the black people that rioted should feel good about all the looting and damages they done.. I don't understand why if they done wrong and they know they did why get mad cuz they got caught and cause that much trouble they caused rioting and looting? ?

Donald Porter Jr
Donald Porter Jr

Actually if they are running around on concrete and asphalt they do.

James Thomas Beckring Jr.
James Thomas Beckring Jr.

I find this all shocking. I thought he was just an innocent young college boy. Being picked on.

Britney Brunner
Britney Brunner

Yeah it's not always necessary to have your horses shod. The longer you leave shoes off, the stronger the horse's hoof becomes naturally.

David Shipp
David Shipp

I drove by him lastnight on W. FLORISSANT and he waved at me.

justracn15
justracn15

Horses that are rode on hard surface should be shod, no exceptions! Also noticed he is running a gaited horse, that;s a no-no also!

Donald Porter Jr
Donald Porter Jr

Shoe your horse ass hat, while you may think you look cool you are hurting his feet. Dipshit!

Christian Vigil
Christian Vigil

Brown had just committed a strong arm robbery. I smell another Trayvon.

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