A march is planned for Saturday morning through downtown St. Louis, with discussions about race and teach-ins about how to interact with police officers set to follow, according to organizing groups like Hands Up United.
The weekend’s demonstrations kicked off on Friday afternoon with hundreds peacefully marching through the rain to the St. Louis County courthouse in Clayton, adjacent to St. Louis. Protesters have called for the arrest and prosecution of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot the unarmed Brown, as a grand jury weighs whether he should be charged in the killing.
Some 300 people later assembled outside the nearby Ferguson Police Department, chanting phrases like “Who are we, Mike Brown!” and “Indict. Convict. Send those killer cops to jail. The whole damn system is guilty as hell!” just inches away from dozens of officers clad in riot gear.