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Fire Destroys Michael Brown Memorial, Some Residents Cry Arson

April V. Taylor

Just before 7 a.m., the memorial erected on Canfield Drive, mere feet from where unarmed black teenager was gunned down by police officer Darren Wilson, went up in flames.  Twitter lit up with pictures and outrage.  Many who were at the scene report smelling something that may have been used as an accelerant.  However police and officials are saying that candles near he memorial site are what caused the blaze.

Fereguson Police Department Captain Jeremy Corcoran has stated to KSDK that the fire started around 6:45 a.m.  He also stated that the fire was not but out with hoses but rather with portable fire extinguishers.  No official cause has been given.  This is not the first time that a physical memorial in Michael Brown’s memory has been destroyed.  The night Brown was murdered, a police officer allowed a police dog to urinate on a memorial and then a different officer drover over the memorial with his police cruiser.  One Twitter user compared the burning of the memorial to the cross burnings KKK members use as a form of intimidation.

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In a community where so many are still trying to heal, with no justice in sight, the burning of the memorial seems to add insult to injury.  Despite multiple, matching eyewitness accounts that Brown was gunned down while holding his hands in the air in surrender, Darren Wilson has yet to be charged or arrested.  The grand jury set to decide Wilson’s fate has been given until next year to make a decision on an indictment.  Prosecutors and police officials have been called out by the ACLU, Amnesty International, and the United Nations for their handling of the murder and its aftermath.

Despite the community reeling from what seems like overwhelming injustice, one community member went to Twitter and stated, “You can burn down the memorial, but not he memory.”  Residents have already laid a sheet over the burned grass and begun rebuilding the memorial.

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38 Comment

  1. What can happen next.

  2. Remind me to never visit KKK states like Missouri. These cowardly racist dirt bags would never try anything like this in NYC.

  3. STOP KILLING US_OKOKOKOK~ALL EYES ON I 70-4 THA AGES!

  4. big Cowards yellow dogs

  5. Honestly, I don’t trust anything the Ferguson public safety people have to say. Fire … from a candle. I’d like to see a photo of where the candles were places in relation to the memorial. I bet they weren’t close enough to ignite anything and the fire needed a bit of “help” to get going. If it is arson … what an UGLY thing to do.

  6. Another cowardly act of hatred and ignorance.

  7. RACISM IS ALIVE & STRONG IN THE USA!!!

  8. No one wants to see a pile of cheap candles, dead flowers and beer cans. I am so glad someone decided to torch it. It doesn’t mean anything anyway.

    • so sorry no one thought enough of you to leave you expensive candles, live flowers and champagne while you live. trust that your pain will heal soon Anastsia. If the memorial was such an eye sore for you, just close your eyes when the new memorial is erected (for surely it will be…bigger and better)

  9. Racist Pig’s. It’s shameful the grand jury has been given until next year to decide. What’s the hold up? Those local yokal’s need supervision because the community of Ferguson, MO are in danger. Those local yokal’s (cops) can’t be trusted! 🙁

  10. Cracker enough is enough. We are fed up and we'll be coming for your racist cracker ass real soon. Black Power! R.I.P. Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad.

  11. I Hate Ferguson! They can try to act like they are trying to heal and hear us…. NO They are not! They are involved in the coverup of the murder of this young man, and the harassment of so many other black people. Do you know why the racist coward cop got the award in the photo they have produced of him?…… that's a very interesting story….. it will come out…

  12. I do not believe someone white came into that community and set that fire.

  13. Thank You, or any Big City. They know who and where they can do that shit and get away with it at. That;s why they do it.

  14. Carl the KKK and the hatred of black people is every where! I put nothing past them anywhere! They have to be denounced and called out every where they raise their ugly heads!

  15. Well, you might as well move your family to an island and start growing your own food and learning to live off the land because every state has the KKK in it.

  16. I guess you don't know the nypd well.

  17. We can retaliate! )): But not where you see us coming! 😉
    The United forces is strong and growing! 🙂 be afraid be very afraid! )): 😉 whhhaaahhaaaaa

  18. That is what happens when you have a racist, trifling coward who were raised by animals takes action against the interests of integrity. May your soul rest in hell.

  19. this is very sad that this happen i cannot believe that people are so sick in the head ,I wish that white people not all but most of those that carry hate in there heart will realize that they are not going to be here real soon that they are going to be with there maker the devil .and they are going to burn so bad that they wish they knew jesus.It so sad that they have had control for so long but it is coming to end real soon .And me as person would love to see that happen but if not i know that my children will,god is coming and it is going to be woe to the earth and lot of people who think that they are going to be here with jesus is going to be surprise.Build another memorial and make it bigger this time a life is important to those who loved and cared for this young man.The time is coming and me wilson wither they charge you are not this is going to haunted you to your grave and nothing good is going to come good to you and the people who carry that much hate in there heart it going to come back to you in three folds.I watch my back and be very afraid because your time is being numbered.

  20. Great reply.

  21. You mean like the cops that recently choked out big boy on the island? Or maybe the firefighter that slapped the postal worker and called him a nigger.. or maybe stop and frisk..or maybe the Sean Bell incident..or maybe.. should I keep going?

  22. This pissed me off. I'm a hard man to anger but this really got to me.. Smh

  23. The white majority doesn't care about what happens to black people long as we sing and dance for them its cool. oh but don't try to live. Flowers for the dead.

  24. Just wait….more than this memorial will be burned down……USA has never even seen what is in store for it…..God Bless Michael. Jr.'s family….give them the peace that passes all understanding….

  25. Louis Swan II the klan is everywhere in this racist nation and in every single police department.

  26. Flowers don't spontaneously cumbust… at least theoretically, they don't. Well, I'd put 10 times the amount of flowers out there to replace the one's burned… AND I'd take them from the yards of the known racists in the community.

  27. My father (rest his soul) used to say to me all the time: "the white man's biggest fear is a black man wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase." Young people, the writing is on the wall! STOP THUGGIN, TWERKIN, BEEFIN, RAPPIN and SPENDING. Get your educations and careers going strong. BECOME WHAT THEY FEAR MOST. You won't win by fighting, or talking or blogging about these things. You're all wasting precious minutes. GO GET YOUR SUITS AND BRIEFCASES!!!!! NOW!!! When one falls, two should rise in their place. That's how we win.

  28. STOP THE MADNESS! WE ARE BEING PLAYED! THE MURDER CASE IS MOST IMPORTANT.THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE CASE BY THE GRANDJURY & THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY IS THE DENIAL OF VOTING AND CIVIL RIGHTS. FERGUSON,MO. IS PRACTICING ANTEBELLUM -UNAMERICAN TACTICS. VOTING IS THE KEY & SOLUTION ,THERE MUST BE , MUST BE, A MARCH & DRIVE TO GET THE WRONG PEOPLE OUT OF OFFICE & THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN AS MAYOR-DISTRICT ATTORNEY- CITY OFFICIALS & GOOD/FAIR JUDGES & JURIES. VOTE-VOTE-VOTE,THIS IS THE NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT! NAACP- NUL-NAN-NOI- ERA-VETERANS -YOUTH ET-AL." DO -IT- NOW!

  29. Didn't the NYPD just kill a black man for no reason?

  30. Hey Carl no offense but its happening all over amerikkka.
    I am from NYC born and raised I happen to unfortunately live in stl and there is no difference other than these crackers in stl will let u know by tellin u they dont like u oppose to NYC where they fake and make it seem like they're ur friend.
    Either way racism is a mental illness that needs help not protest. There needs to b a unified action from all black people for racism to be diminished! Once its recognized that we r unified as a people by he strength within us will b recognized.
    not spendin the multi billions we spend annually.
    and thats just on liquor and beer alone.
    Not to mention cigarettes
    we can stop spendin our hard earn money on those who dnt care about u or urs.

  31. Dispositions will change!!
    Hit im the pocketbook!!

  32. I'm tired of Ferguson trying to cover up for what this punk police officer did to Michael Brown and the burning of Brown's memorial. The people there need to riot again, until justice is served-no stopping!

  33. MALCOLM X SAID; THE BALLOT-BALLOT-BALLOT! NOT THE BULLET!!! VOTE- VOTE-VOTE ,DON'T BE A DOPE! VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. If anyone has notice most white men like authority; they like being in the military and being a police, I’m not going to say men, these aren’t men

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