Residents in Ferguson, Missouri are preparing for a “Weekend of Resistance” set to take place in St. Louis over the weekend.
The protests are a result of another 18-year-old black male who was killed by police in St. Louis’ Shaw neighborhood earlier this week.
This new incident has reignited simmering tension in a region still reeling from the killing of Brown two months ago.
Unlike Brown, police say the teen killed Wednesday fired at an officer with a 9mm handgun, which they said was recovered at the scene. Nonetheless, the killing sparked anger and protests and drew calls for greater scrutiny of police who some believe kill young black men with impunity. The shooting occurred ahead of what organizers in Ferguson believe will be an historic weekend of protest in that city.
Several thousand protesters from around the U.S. are expected to arrive in Ferguson between Friday and Monday for a series of rallies, marches and acts of civil disobedience.
In the two months since Michael Brown’s killing, the small St. Louis suburb has gone from being virtually unknown to infamous. Brown’s shooting death sent predominantly black protesters and predominantly white police into a long period of racial discord in the region.
Witnesses say the black teen was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, as Brown attempted to flee. The final fatal shots came as Brown was surrendering with his hands up, according to witnesses.
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