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Hundreds Gather in Ferguson to Mark Year Since Michael Brown's Death

© REUTERS / Jim YoungA woman stops to visit the memorial set up where Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, November 22, 2014
A woman stops to visit the memorial set up where Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, November 22, 2014 - Sputnik International
A march to commemorate the one-year anniversary of an unarmed African-American teenager’s death at the hands of US law enforcement has gathered a crowd in the Midwestern US state of Missouri on Saturday.

MOSCOW(Sputnik) – Michael Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., led the rally in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, where the 18-year-old had been fatally shot by a white police officer on August 9, 2014.

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The march, from the site of the shooting to the high school where Brown had graduated from, has gathered hundreds of people, according to a CBS News reporter’s estimations.

The march follows a largely peaceful rally outside the Ferguson Police Department that took place overnight, in which the mostly African-American crowd expressed frustration with US law enforcement and policymakers.

Ferguson has become a flashpoint of nationwide unrest in late 2014 and early 2015 after a grand jury chose not to indict Brown’s shooter, Darren Wilson.

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Recent analysis conducted by The Washington Post has found that despite thousands of cases of police shootings, a total of 54 police officers have been prosecuted over the past 10 years.

Brown Sr. is scheduled to lead another march on Sunday and a group of activists are expected to launch a day of mass civil disobedience in commemoration of Brown’s death later that night.

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