A memorial set up in the middle of Canfield Drive where teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer in August was partially destroyed Christmas evening when a car drove through it. Neighbors and friends of Brown quickly came together to clean up the damage, rebuild the site, and call for support on social media.
— deray mckesson (@deray) December 26, 2014
— ShordeeDooWhop (@Nettaaaaaaaa) December 26, 2014
Not surprised that so many people showed up to rebuild the memorial tonight but I'm still incredibly moved by the resilience & spirit.
— J. Meless (@jay_myles2) December 26, 2014
Activists on the ground also reacted angrily to the Ferguson Police Department’s public relations officer, who told the Washington Post, “I don’t know that a crime has occurred,” and called Brown’s memorial “a pile of trash in the middle of the street.”
Since Brown’s death, the memorial has been a key gathering place for protests and prayers, and a receiving station for those that poured in from across the country to pay their respects and demonstrate against police brutality. Supporters also had to rebuild the memorial in September after it burned to the ground.