Michael Brown memorial
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Residents have rebuilt a memorial just hours after it burned down at the site where a Missouri police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.
The memorial was destroyed when a fire broke out before dawn Tuesday on Canfield Drive, the street where Ferguson officer Darren Wilson shot Brown. The blaze angered many people who live near the scene. One man said it was like a grave being desecrated.
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson says the cause is under investigation. He says the first officer to arrive tried to extinguish the blaze but couldn’t. The Fire Department eventually put it out.
Brown’s Aug. 9 death led to unrest in the St. Louis suburb. Investigations into the shooting by a state grand jury and the U.S. Department of Justice are ongoing.