Mike Brown Memorial Burned Down
Mike Brown memorial burns
FERGUSON, Mo. – A memorial for 18-year-old Michael Brown who was killed by a Ferguson police officer last month burned down Tuesday morning.
Capt. Jeremy Corcoran with the Ferguson Police Department says the fire started on Canfield Drive around 6:45 a.m. He says when firefighters arrived they found a small area where items had been gathered for a memorial had been burned.
Two portable water extinguishers were used to put the fire out.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, but there is evidence candles were used within the memorial.
Photos of the damage:
Chief Jackson released the following statement about the fire:
“We’re all saddened by the fire that was reported at one of the Michael Brown Memorials this morning and are trying to obtain as much information as possible to determine what happened. At this time the cause is unknown.
“To anyone who believes we didn’t do everything in our power to put this fire out I want to apologize and let you know that was not the case. Some of our police cars are equipped with an emergency kit that includes a fire extinguisher and Sgt. (Harry) Dilworth was first on the scene and attempted to put the fire out but couldn’t so he alerted the Fire Department and they ultimately put out the fire.
“Anyone who has any information or videos please reach out to us as this will help as we investigate this incident.”
Yeah…..when pigs fly C-130’s.
Thank you Brandie Piper, KSDK.
Residents rebuild Michael Brown memorial after fire; still unclear how blaze started
FERGUSON • One of two Michael Brown memorials burned early Tuesday morning, though it’s not clear how.
Memorial items arranged near a concrete post along the street where Brown was shot burned early Tuesday morning. A larger memorial in the middle of Canfield Drive, marking the spot where Brown died, is several feet away and was not damaged by fire.
For weeks after the shooting of Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, burning candles have been part of the memorials near the shooting site on Canfield Drive, but it was unclear if the fire at the roadside memorial was intentionally set or an accident. One photo showed an empty, overturned votive candle next to the burn site.
In a press release, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said the cause of the fire is unknown and authorities are investigating.
Residents of the area gathered at the scene Tuesday morning. Many were upset, claiming the fire was intentionally set by someone in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday. One witness said the fire started sometime after 5 a.m., when he drove by and saw no problem, and 6 a.m., when he saw the memorial ablaze. Another said it started between 6:30 and 7 a.m.
David Whitt, 34, the leader of a group called the Canfield Watchmen, was among several who said they smelled gasoline.
“There was no way a candle did this,” Whitt said. “That fire was burning too high and too hot.”
Jackson said a police sergeant who arrived use a fire extinguisher on the blaze, but couldn’t put it out. He alerted the fire department, who arrived to douse the fire.
He asked anyone with information about the fire, or with photos or videos of it starting, to contact police.
Some began rebuilding the memorial Tuesday morning with a blanket and a new collection of stuffed animals, T-shirts, flowers and one unlit votive candle next to the soot-stained pole.
At around 10:30 a.m., a crowd of about 75 people gathered around the rebuilt memorial and joined hands to pray. The prayer ended with the crowd raising their hands and shouting “We are Mike Brown,” and “We’re young, we’re strong, we’re marching all day long.”
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Mike Brown Memorial Set On Fire
Late Monday, Ferguson residents tweeted pictures of the memorial that included stuffed animals, flowers and paintings up in flames.
The thing about racist & racism is this…….no matter how hard they try to tear down and destroy the human spirit, it can not be done. It didn’t work with the Native Americans. It didn’t work with the Aborigines of Australia. It failed with the indigenous people of Hawaii. And it was an effort in futility with the African slaves kidnapped into the Americas.
You just can’t keep good people down. Somehow they find a way to survive & prosper.
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