Michael Brown memo­rial

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

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.

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