FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX/AP) – Calling it a “National March on Ferguson,” the group “Justice For Michael Brown Leadership Coalition” led hundreds from the burned-out QuikTrip store on West Florissant, Saturday morning, to the spot where Brown was fatally shot by a Ferguson police officer, then they headed to a city park for a rally.
It was there that civil rights activist Anthony Shahid called for an act of civil disobedience to take place on Labor Day, “Four-thirty on Monday (afternoon), I want you on the highways with your flashers flashing. We’re going to stop on the highway for four-and-a-half minutes.”
Shahid said the 4.5 minutes would symbolize the 4.5 hours Michael Brown’s body laid in the street on August 9th.
At the park rally, Brown’s father again issued a call to Governor Jay Nixon to remove St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch as prosecutor in his son’s case.
Hours later, hundreds of protesters again gathered in front of the Ferguson police station, blocking the road. Fiery speeches by way of speakers mounted to a car gave way to another march, with chants of, “If we can’t have it (justice), we’re shutting it down.”
Some lobbed angry insults at a line of Ferguson officers and state police who stood guard at a taped-off section of the city parking lot, but the numbers of protesters dwindled to double digits by late afternoon.
While some at Saturday’s march and rallies in Ferguson were speaking of shutting down major St. Louis area interstates on Monday and potentially boycotting Ferguson fast food restaurants in the name of justice, others were expressing optimism.
Rev. Shanan Jones, the pastor at Dr. Martin Luther King’s former church in Atlanta, came to Missouri to meet with the youth taking part in the Michael Brown demonstration, “These young Millennials are engaged. They are concerned about what happens in their community. They are concerned about their country. They may well, through the power of their voices, save the soul of America.”
One of the youths taking part in the march spoke with KMOX beforehand, “I hope more of us mature faster and help out, like make a difference.”
St. Louis board of aldermen president Lewis Reed also marched on Saturday. He said reform of the criminal justice system is the civil rights issue of the 21 century.
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