Protesters in Ferguson have set an American flag ablaze in another night of protests over the shooting of teenager Michael Brown and the clearing of the officer who killed him.
A group of youths crowded round outside the Ferguson Police Department’s headquarters as one of their number held the burning flag above a drain grate.
It came amid continuing discontent in the Missouri town after a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, 18, on August 9 this year.
Activists have now launched a week-long march to demand sweeping police reforms.
On Saturday, a core group of about 100 marchers, many from other states, set out on a 120-mile ‘Journey for Justice’, from Ferguson to the Missouri state capital Jefferson City.
The marchers, organized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), are demanding the sacking of the Ferguson police chief, nationwide police reforms and an end to racial profiling.
The peaceful march came after 15 protesters were arrested late Friday outside the Ferguson police department and after demonstrators shut down a shopping mall in St Louis, demanding a boycott of post-Thanksgiving shopping.
Monday’s announcement that Wilson will not face charges sparked looting, arson and gunfire in parts of Ferguson, a mainly black suburb with a mostly white police force.
The NAACP wants police to use body cameras, changes to the system of equipping police with military hardware, a promotion of diversity on the force and an end to the use of major force in cases involving minor offenses.
A federal probe into whether Wilson violated Brown’s civil rights is ongoing.
Courtesy of the Daily Mail