Another horrible act by the Ferguson police has been reported by multiple witnesses. In an insulting and disrespectful move, police allowed their dog to urinate on the Michael Brown memorial, which was created from flowers and candles left by mourners.
Having let their dog pee on these tributes to the dead teenager, witnesses say that police then drove their vehicle over them, smashing the flowers and tea lights.
As darkness fell on Canfield Drive on August 9, a makeshift memorial sprang up in the middle of the street where Michael Brown's body had been sprawled in plain view for more than four hours. Flowers and candles were scattered over the bloodstains on the pavement.
...What happened next, according to several sources, was emblematic of what has inflamed the city of Ferguson...: An officer on the street let the dog he was controlling urinate on the memorial site.
...[Missouri state Rep. Sharon 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.
Soon afterwards police heartlessly drove over the flowers and candles, causing distress to the mourners present.
The police's careless act seems all the more needless considering that all non-police vehicles had been blocked from the street, meaning that the temporary memorial was not blocking a roadway that was in use. In any case the tributes were arranged along the center of the street so that they could be passed on either side by cars (see the image above).
The destruction was witnessed and recorded by Antony French, Alderman of the @21stWard in St. Louis:
One can only imagine how Michael Brown's parents must have felt after police callously destroyed their son's memorial - on the very same day a police officer ended his life.
Via Mother Jones.