The co-owner of Left Bank Books has publicly responded to an anonymous letter the independent bookstore received in response to its window display commemorating the first anniversary of the death of Michael Brown.
I-70 shut down, federal courthouse blocked and frozen water bottles thrown at police, but no shootings on Monday.
Belmar told The Associated Press: “They’re not going to take the street tonight. That’s not going to happen.”
A crowd of hundreds that had gathered to commemorate Brown began their silence at 12:02 p.m., the time he was killed, and the length of time was to symbolize the 4.5 hours that his body lay in the street after he was killed.
Last August, the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, sparked sometimes violent clashes between protesters and police, unfolding before the nation on live television.
With a scuffle and the crackle of gunfire, this once-anonymous suburb was permanently scarred a year ago.
Belmar says one big advantage this year will be the presence of interim Ferguson Police Chief Andre Anderson.
Police in St. Louis County say they’re expecting a peaceful weekend from protesters marking the anniversary of the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson but that they’ll be prepared should events turn violent.
“Maybe you don’t think it’s a funny topic, but it’s my life and the way I talk about it, you can’t help but laugh.”
Sharpton plans to be apart of the unity march and vigil for Michael Brown on Sunday August 9.