BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Two weeks after the shooting death of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, National Guard troops are pulling out of Ferguson, Missouri. The move is a sign for some in that community that there is some progress to calm the tempers that have flared over the last two weeks.
For a second straight night, it was mostly peaceful on the streets of the St. Louis suburb. About 100 people demonstrated overnight. Police made seven arrests. Ferguson is still under a state of emergency since Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Police released video days after the unarmed teen was shot which they say shows Brown shoplifting cigars and intimidating a convenience store clerk. Ten minutes after this video was taken he lay dead on a Ferguson street. Autopsies show Wilson shot brown at least six times.
There are conflicting reports about what led to the shooting from Officer Wilson and eyewitness accounts. Brown’s parents tell CBS news a special prosecutor should be assigned to the case since the current prosecutor is the son of a police officer killed in the line of duty.
Brown’s parents want Wilson to be charged in their son’s death. “This is a repeated pattern that has been going on here in Missouri, not just St. Louis. You can’t call the police on the police,” said Leslie McSpadden, Brown’s mother.
Even though the rioting and looting has died down, some business owners are keeping windows boarded up. Funeral services for Michael Brown will be held Monday. Also on Monday, schools in Ferguson will re-open.
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