Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Separate Marches Mark Anniversary of Michael Brown's Death

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Separate Marches Mark Anniversary of Michael Brown's Death

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FERGUSON * One march was led by his father. The other by his mother. One went to the cemetery where he is buried, the other to a patch of black asphalt where his body lay for more than four hours.

The processions marked the second anniversary of Michael Brown's death, which is Tuesday, and attracted mothers and other family members of black people whose names were made famous by horrific circumstances.

The first, led by Michael Brown Sr., began a little after 8 a.m. in the Canfield Green Apartments complex where a former Ferguson police officer shot the unarmed 18-year-old on Aug. 9, 2014.

For 2 hours, about a hundred people marched more than four miles through at least six municipalities to St. Peter's Cemetery.

Each mile was supposed symbolize an hour that Brown's body lay in the street after he was shot. Officers from multiple agencies blocked streets and provided escorts for the march. A helicopter followed from the sky.

Among the marchers was Krystal Brown, wife of Marlon Brown, and her children Armani, 16, and Marlon Jr., 15. In 2013, Marlon Brown, 38, was killed by police in DeLand, Fla., about 25 miles west of Daytona Beach. Police said they tried to pull Marlon Brown over on a seat belt violation, but he fled on foot.

A rookie police officer chased him down with his patrol car. A widely circulated dash cam video shows Marlon Brown falling in a vegetable garden just before the officer's vehicle runs over him.

"He was pinned under the car for about four or five hours where they pronounced him dead on the scene," Krystal Brown said.

Marlon Brown was not armed. A grand jury declined to indict the officer, who was fired for violating the DeLand Police Department's pursuit policy.

Now Krystal Brown travels the country attending rallies and protests honoring other people killed by police.

"There are so many of us," she said. "It's just a big family of families. We go for anniversaries, birthdays, change of events, special rallies, court dates, wherever we need to be. …

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