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Photos: Ferguson’s ‘Weekend Of Resistance’

CREDIT: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

One outrage bled into another in Missouri this week, as protesters from around the country began their planned “Weekend of Resistance” in honor of Michael Brown, days after the shooting of another black teen in St. Louis sparked another round of escalated protests. On Friday, advocates from around the country flooded into the Ferguson area to protest police brutality and racism near the site of Michael Brown’s death.

In one of the most visually striking statements, protesters carried a coffin covered in cracked mirror:

Police Shooting Missouri

CREDIT: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

After marching with the coffin in a formation akin to a funeral, protesters held the mirror side up to the line of police, so that they saw their own image reflected:

Police Shooting Missouri

CREDIT: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

In Ferguson, the streets flooded with marchers who protested the lack of reform more than a month after Michael Brown’s death, with no grand jury indictment decision, let alone a fleshed out police incident report on the shooting.

A young boy protests in Ferguson across the street from the police station.

APTOPIX Police Shooting Missouri

CREDIT: P Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Department of Justice officials told the Washington Post in a new report that Ferguson police have “continued — and even accelerated — efforts to suppress peaceful protests using arbitrary and inconsistently applied arrest policies” after federal intervention. But the Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery — one of the two reporters arrested by Ferguson police while sitting in a McDonalds – reported over Twitter that officers were remarkably restrained during last night’s event. “Other than gearing up & asking protesters to move back a step, officers stoic tonight. Nonaggression from them thus far,” Lowery tweeted. And this follow-up tweet:

Hours earlier, protesters marched in Clayton, Missouri, from St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch’s officer to the St. Louis County courthouse, some calling for McCulloch to step down and others for criminal charges against Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Brown.

Protesters traveled from around the country, including Ohio, where another robust movement has developed to call for justice in the police shooting of John Crawford in a Wal-Mart. One Columbus, Ohio, organizer was moved by the Michael Brown memorial:

And new leaders are emerging:

On Saturday, protesters are marching in the weekend’s centerpiece event in St. Louis, which is being live streamed by MSNBC. Blocks of at least a thousand participants chant “We are Mike Brown,” “Hands up, don’t shoot,” “shut it down” as they march with banners, printed t-shirts, and other artistic expressions: