Demonstrations in Ferguson mark one-year anniversary of Brown’s death

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FERGUSON, Mo. -- Hundreds of people are gathering in Ferguson, Missouri this weekend to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager killed by white police officer Darren Wilson.

More than 200 people marched on Friday and Saturday, carrying bullhorns and drums, reminiscent of the days following Brown's death.

On Friday, they demonstrated in front of the Ferguson Police Headquarters and left a roasted pig's head.

On Saturday, they marched from the scene of the shooting to Brown's grave site and ended at Normandy High school, from which Brown had graduated days before his death.

The marches were led by Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., who says the pain of losing his son is just as raw as it was a year ago.

"I hurt every day,” he said. “I have to stay moving, going, running, just to keep me from going insane."

Brown's death and a grand jury's decision not to indict Wilson on murder charges set off weeks of sometimes-violent protests across the country over police brutality against black people and the criminal justice system. This weekend's protests have looked much different. On Saturday night, one man was shot in the arm and a police car window was shattered, but officials are still trying to determine if these two incidents are related to the protests. Overall, the demonstrations have been violence-free.

“I want to have a peaceful weekend with no drama and no stupidity," Brown Sr. said, "so we can just have some type of peace."

During the march Saturday, police officers followed the protesters in patrol cars and handed out water bottles and popsicles as temperatures reached the low 90s.

Other changes are evident in Ferguson: the new interim police chief is black, as are the new municipal judge and two new city council members. These changes begin to address residents' concerns that local officials were not representative of the general population of the town.

More events are planned for Sunday, the actual anniversary of Brown's death, to honor his memory and continue to protest police protocol. There will be a moment of silence at 11:55 a.m. CT. Demonstrators will the participate in a "silent walk" from Brown's memorial site to Greater St. Mark Family Church, where a church service will be held.

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