Report: Police Ran Over and Destroyed Michael Brown Memorial, Police Dog Urinated on It

Ugly
US News • Views: 31,420

The disdain with which the St. Louis County and Ferguson police departments view the black community of Ferguson was obvious with their massive militarized crackdown on protesters, but new details in an article at Mother Jones by Mark Follman shed light on why the community was so infuriated after the shooting of Michael Brown: Michael Brown’s Mom Laid Flowers Where He Was Shot—and Police Crushed Them.

Soon, police vehicles reappeared, including from the St. Louis County Police Department, which had taken control of the investigation. Several officers emerged with dogs. What happened next, according to several sources, was emblematic of what has inflamed the city of Ferguson, Missouri, ever since the unarmed 18-year-old was gunned down: An officer on the street let the dog he was controlling urinate on the memorial site.

The incident was related to me separately by three state and local officials who worked with the community in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. One confirmed that he interviewed an eyewitness, a young woman, and pressed her on what exactly she saw. “She said that the officer just let the dog pee on it,” that official told me. “She was very distraught about it.” The identity of the officer who handled the dog and the agency he was with remain unclear.

Candles and flowers marking the spot where Brown died were soon run over by police vehicles.

The day brought other indignities for Brown’s family, and the community. Missouri state Rep. Sharon Pace, whose district includes the neighborhood where the shooting occurred, told me she went to the scene that afternoon to comfort the parents, who were blocked by police from approaching their son’s body. Pace purchased some tea lights for the family, and around 7 p.m. she joined Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, and others as they placed the candles and sprinkled flowers on the ground where Brown had died. “They spelled out his initials with rose petals over the bloodstains,” Pace recalled.

By then, police had prohibited all vehicles from entering Canfield Drive except for their own. Soon the candles and flowers had been smashed, after police drove over them.

This account is partly confirmed by St. Louis alderman Antonio French, who took a photo of the crushed remnants of the memorial:

Jump to top

Create a PageThis is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.
Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.
Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST
LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds Tweet

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!Register and sign in to a free LGF account before subscribing, and your ad-free access will be automatically enabled.

Recent PagesClick to refresh
Thailand’s Military Allows ‘Culture of Torture’, Says Amnesty Thailand's military government has allowed a "culture of torture" to flourish since assuming power, says a new report by rights group Amnesty International. The report lists 74 alleged cases of torture and other ill-treatment, including methods such as beatings ...
Thanos
2 hours, 5 minutes ago
Views: 57 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Deutsche Bank Sells UK Asset and Battles Bailout Rumors Germany's biggest private lender has sold its British insurance business to raise urgently needed cash to pay looming penalties for its past misdeeds Deutsche Bank announced on Wednesday it had sold Abbey Life Assurance company for 935 million pounds ...
Thanos
2 hours, 19 minutes ago
Views: 82 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 4 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Nick Lowe-I Love the Sound of Breaking GlassNick LoweI Love the Sound of Breaking Glass (1978)
Thanos
21 hours, 8 minutes ago
Views: 124 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Latest IoT DDoS Attack Dwarfs Krebs Takedown at Nearly 1Tbps Driven by 150K Devices If you thought that the massive DDoS attack earlier this month on Brian Krebs’ security blog was record-breaking, take a look at what just happened to France-based hosting provider OVH. OVH was the victim of a wide-scale DDoS attack ...
Thanos
22 hours, 49 minutes ago
Views: 232 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 13 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Off-Duty Cop Who Killed Delrawn Small Indicted on Murder Charges A city cop was indicted Monday on second-degree murder charges in the road-rage shooting death of driver Delrawn Small, who was killed in a July 4 confrontation with the off-duty officer, sources said. The cop, Wayne Isaacs, will be ...
Thanos
22 hours, 53 minutes ago
Views: 270 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Bomb Blasts Strike Mosque, Congress Center in Germany City of Dresden BERLIN (Reuters) - Two improvised bombs exploded in the eastern German city of Dresden on Monday evening ― one at a mosque and one at an international conference center ― but no one was injured, police said on Tuesday. ...
Thanos
1 day, 1 hour ago
Views: 176 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Like 2016 Campaign, First Presidential Debate Defied Conventional Patterns Clinton suggested Trump was hiding something and said he may have paid no federal income tax at all. “That makes me smart,” Trump said. “So if he’s paid zero, that means zero for troops, zero for vets, zero for ...
Thanos
1 day, 2 hours ago
Views: 277 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Donald Trump Fell for Hillary Clinton’s Trap at Monday’s Presidential Debate The Clinton campaign’s greatest fear throughout the general election has been that some other Trump would emerge ― a more measured, reasonable and mature man, one who might look like he was ready for the Oval Office. That man ...
Thanos
1 day, 2 hours ago
Views: 389 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 3
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Factbox: Market Participants React to U.S. Presidential Debate JAMES ATHEY, INVESTMENT MANAGER AT ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT: "What we're seeing in markets this morning is a small, collective sigh of relief because most commentators, and the few polls that have been released, suggest Clinton won the debate. Equities ...
Thanos
1 day, 2 hours ago
Views: 344 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
The Laowa 24mm F/14 2x Macro Lens Is Super Weird I'd say just use it indoors or on private property. Unless you want to look like an open carry gun guy. Interesting concept for certain kinds of images. Just maybe not near a Presidential motorcade. Venus Optics are quickly ...
Great White Snark
1 day, 22 hours ago
Views: 314 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0