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Hundreds Join Michael Brown's Parents in March to Ferguson Police Station (PHOTOS)

Categories: Michael Brown

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All photos by Bryan Sutter
Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown's mother, throws up the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" sign at the Ferguson Police station.
More than 1,000 people from all over the country joined together on Canfield Drive this weekend to march, like civil rights protesters before them, against police brutality in Ferguson and around the country.

The crowd invoked the spirit of Selma and sang out with chants as it marched to the Ferguson Police station, letting loose three weeks-worth of anger, sadness and frustration caused by the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed eighteen-year-old whose death ignited weeks of sometimes-violent clashes with police here.

See all Riverfront Times coverage of Michael Brown and Ferguson.

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The crowd swells at the apartment complex where Michael Brown stayed with his grandmother.
At the heart of the march stood Brown's parents, father Michael Brown, Sr. and mother Lesley McSpadden, once again joining the supporters rallying around Brown's death to bring change and justice to Ferguson.

See more photos: Michael Brown's Funeral Draws Thousands

Here's a look at the fiery (and, at one point, rainy) march on Ferguson Saturday:

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Michael Brown, Sr., Brown's father, marches in Ferguson.

See all photos: National March on Ferguson Leads Protesters to Police Station

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In front of the station, demonstrators were angry but peaceful to Ferguson police.
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Even rain couldn't dampen spirits at the march.
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Cameras and microphones give demonstrators a chance to share their movement with the world.
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Michael Brown, Sr.
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"Hands up, don't shoot!"
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Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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Sublunar Johnson
Sublunar Johnson

What proof is there that this case (and others like it) are due to systematic racism? The cop happened to be white? Now, what proof is there that cops are too quick to use deadly force nowadays? Plenty!! This case and countless others like it are a perfect example of over utilization of deadly force. This would have turned out much differently if a taser (and a body cam) were involved. I, for one, believe all cops should have body cams at all times. Solve the issue of police brutality and you'll solve issues like this before they begin. Calling it a racist act just because of the color of the skin of the people involved is actually racism in itself. This isn't a racist incident until we have proof that the cop has a history of picking on persons of different colors than him. Until then, bringing their respective races into it is a huge distraction.

ShantelJefferson
ShantelJefferson

This is the RFT.

I wanna see more pictures of hipsters with they hands up. Show your fear and white guilt..... grovel bitchas.

I was there at the march, and when the rain come, the whole crowd smell like a wet weave of sour milk.  Xcept the Nation of Islam guys , they all smelled like a Hai Karate knockoff.

Black Panther with a bullhorn is the new Nellie.

Larry Scheller
Larry Scheller

Don't say have a blessed day with that arrogant elitist attitude . If You're trying to imply you're a Christian , Christians don't have arrogant elitist attitudes . I hope you're majoring in a math or science curriculum or you may just be one with worthless undergraduate degre and end up with a job waiting tables. It's an honorable profession isn't it ? What is your major ? My father taught at a university and my mother had a liberal arts degree from a good school and I have an undergraduate degree. None of us would ever would ever look down our nose at someone who doesn't.

Malena Smith
Malena Smith

Yet, you just replied within 4 minutes LOL. I have a job and I'm in school (as I stated before but you obviously can't read well with a 3rd grade education). As I said before, you have a blessed day!

Gina Marciano Mitauer
Gina Marciano Mitauer

You're a stalker.. I get notification when someone replies on my post.. Not you... You been checking it every five minutes??? Fucking dork ... Get a job, maybe you wouldn't have so much time on your hands... There is no way you went to college... I would ask for refund if you really did... Lmao!

Malena Smith
Malena Smith

You're "a leader not a follower" as in you dropped out, never finished your degree and let me guess... you've been a waitress your entire life? Nice try on your theory about college students though, if you had stayed in school you would understand that your theory is incorrect. Arguing with an ignoramus is entertainment for me, thanks for the laughs!

Gina Marciano Mitauer
Gina Marciano Mitauer

I didn't know you could detect a tone through text???? Wow!! You're good!! Lol lol lol.. Too bad college doesn't offer a common sense course!! See college students learn and commit to memory something that has already been figured out for them.. I'm a leader, not a follower... Yeah we all went to school!! Big fucking deal!!! Lol..

Malena Smith
Malena Smith

Gina - First of all, I believe you're a little confused on who it is you're speaking to in that tone. I'm a full-time college student in my third year, with a job that I've held for three years, and I'm starting my own business. My family is full of business owners, engineers, professors, teachers, Ph. D.'s, etcetera, therefore, I understand the meaning of hard work and "what the U.S. stands for" (by the way, you shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition... I learned that in elementary school). Anyhow, I say all of that to say, you're not speaking to some uneducated, freeloading individual so don't address me as such. However, like I said before, you are a complete imbecile if you think that DNA has anything to do with this case. Even if Michael Brown's DNA had been found on Wilson, it wouldn't prove anything further than what we already know. Maybe you need to go to school and find out what DNA means and why it's used. It is no secret that Michael Brown and Wilson had physical contact - where Wilson was the aggressor - before Brown was murdered. However, Wilson was not "physically threatened" because eyewitness accounts have all confirmed that Wilson instigated the physical contact between the two individuals. Of course, however, you have chosen not to believe SEVERAL eyewitness accounts because you've already shown that you're not particularly fond or trusting of anyone who's skin color is darker than your own. Therefore, your opinion and outlook on this entire situation is biased, racist, and, therefore, irrelevant. When this case is tried in the court of LAW (oops, there's that word again) the truth will all be laid out on the table. Wilson is not innocent or justified in his actions and this is a common case of police brutality and cover up. Whether or not Wilson is punished here on Earth is not my worry because he has to answer to God; and considering that Wilson's broken one of the Ten Commandments: "Thou shall not kill," I don't see that going over well for him. I would continue proving my point, but obviously there is nothing that I could say to you that could erase or even lessen the ignorance, close-mindedness, and idiocy that engulfs your mind. You have a blessed day.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

The officer was taken to the hospital due to injuries from brown. Moron

Rick Firestein
Rick Firestein

Pathetic. March to get jobs and stop leaching off society.

Maurice Harris
Maurice Harris

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Gina Marciano Mitauer
Gina Marciano Mitauer

Malena.. Go to school and learn the law... The cops have the authority under LAW to use LETHAL force when physically threatened!!! MBs DNA has everything to do with it!! You are by LAW not to put your hands on a cop and struggle with them! That is against the LAW! If you feel you don't want to follow the LAW, I suggest you buy an island and you can make up your own rules!! You can be the Sheriff, the mayor, the judge, and the jury!! If anyone feels that they are treated unfairly in the U. S.... Maybe this country isn't for you.. You are allowed to move because if you weren't, that would be oppression!! If you are not happy where you live, logical people move! Same goes for other aspects of your life.. You don't like your job, get a new one. Bad relationship, you dump the person. Don't like your school or teacher, you switch!! No one is standing in anyone's way! Ahhhh, but wait, no one would move because there are no free benefits available... People may actually have to work!! There are several illegals dying everyday trying to get into this country.. So leave and make room for someone who appreciates what the U. S. stands for. And someone who would abide the LAW!! Oops... There is that word again ... LAW!!! Every country has them!

Duell Lauderdale
Duell Lauderdale

How many times would you shoot someone who was running at you? And how many times would you shoot someone who you were trying to kill for no good reason?

Jae W. Blackmon
Jae W. Blackmon

And don't you sound sooo not ghetto with this kind of vernacular? Smh

Amanda Rosales
Amanda Rosales

Krystol it sounds to me like you aren't really up to date on the details. Mike brown was not ever shot in the back while running away. Secondly his juvenile record came out and he actually had a charge of 2nd degree murder along with crip gang affiliation. So please spare us all the "wrong details" wrong is wrong. I'm color blind when it comes to everything: the truth will all come out and it will prove that not only was he trying to beat up the cop BUT he also tried taking his gun.

Terry L. Black
Terry L. Black

It's just a shame that the protesters don't know why they protesting cause they have blown this so out of control . Ferguson which was a nice place to live will be the next abandoned city thanks to the riots an protesters wow believe it or not you trashed another city.

Terry L. Black
Terry L. Black

Let it go your not getting any money so drop it.

Lawrence Mcnutt
Lawrence Mcnutt

Have people forgot he robbed and assaulted a man so he could get high .

Nikita Sparkle LeeBomb
Nikita Sparkle LeeBomb

It sickens me there are so many racists out there.... racists of all colors, ethnicities, etc. We are all people. We are all different. Get over it! Just because one group of people does things differently or looks different, doesn't mean its wrong. The Ferguson issue isint just about Mike Brown, and its not just about blacks. Its about liberation, freedom, and human rights for EVERYONE!

Chris Richardson
Chris Richardson

No I couldn't make it because I have a job and a life and a brain.

Melissa Mulligan
Melissa Mulligan

Ya cuz looting and rioting with your ghetto ass pants down is so classy lol

Tina Cramer
Tina Cramer

Nina, poor Leland has no idea what's really going in the world around him. He doesn't understand that the changes being made and will positively effect his community as well. See because of prejudice little Leland believes that were are all uneducated thugs however, he's sadly mistaken. Smh our next cause, get Leland a real life with books and all.

Tina Cramer
Tina Cramer

The thousands of people that came out to support this cause cares! This is only the beginning.

Keita Brown
Keita Brown

So many mis informed Fake news robots.

Ryan Dickerson
Ryan Dickerson

Lmao at you idiots saying "wait til the facts come out." Apparently the facts they are waiting on are the ones that assist their claims that killing unarmed people is an action we should all welcome. Morons.

Jeff Schamel
Jeff Schamel

Sounds like your just a liberal hippie who wouldn't stand up for himself anyway. Just wait one day you'll be in the wrong place at the wrong time

Malena Smith
Malena Smith

I think I have enough of an idea! What a funny guy! LOL!

Leland Avants II
Leland Avants II

LOL she just don't know how truly fucking hilarious I am!

cherylsb1
cherylsb1

This is the kind of response I am talking about. White people have been condition to not respond to the needs of black people in America. Pay us reparations for being enslaved for 450 years while we still go through Jim Crow. You are a perfect example of why attention needed to be brought to light. 

cherylsb1
cherylsb1

You need to read your history. 

cherylsb1
cherylsb1

Careful, a bit of your white KKK robe is showing. 

cherylsb1
cherylsb1

Oh, I disagree. We know why we are protesting, do you ? 

cherylsb1
cherylsb1

The Mike Brown issue is about the mistreatment, racial profiling and systematically keeping black people down. Mike Brown's death brought the issue to the forefront. Although we were freed in 1865, Jim Crow came into action making sure that we were not allowed to vote, counted as 3/5 of a human being we were denied basic human rights. Hell, we had to fight just to vote in 1968 and that voting rights act has to be renewed every four years. Give us Reparations and allow us to enjoy this country we came to. Allow us to work, drive and walk while being black without fear of being shot. 

cherylsb1
cherylsb1

Careful your white KKK robe is showing. 

cherylsb1
cherylsb1

Your white KKK robe is showing !

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