BREAKING: Protesters, Including The Family of Michael Brown, Plead For Justice & Demand The Arrest of Officer Darren Wilson
CLAYTON • Dozens of protesters circled the St. Louis County jail at least three times this afternoon, calling for the immediate arrest of a Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in August.
The crowd, which included the parents of Michael Brown, 18, who was shot and killed last month by Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson, started in front of the Buzz Westfall Justice Center and walked through downtown Clayton, stopping some cars along the way.
Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., said Saturday that he and Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, appreciate the support of friends and demonstrators calling for Wilson’s arrest. He said they have lost sleep knowing “there’s a killer on the loose.”
"Is (Darren Wilson) getting peace? Now if he’s getting peace, I could respect him a lot better if he would come to Clayton right now, and turn himself in," he said.
Saturday’s protest was peaceful.
At one point, the crowd stopped in the middle of Bemiston Avenue and stood silent for 4.5 minutes. Each minute of silence was meant to symbolize the number of hours Brown’s body lay in the middle of the street in the Canfield Green apartment complex as police investigated on Aug. 9.
Organizers vowed to increase pressure on authorities until Wilson, 28, is arrested. A grand jury is currently hearing evidence in the case. Protesters say they are planning to attend, and possibly “shut down” Tuesday night’s County Council meeting in Clayton to voice their frustration over the investigation.