Moment of silence marks anniversary of Michael Brown’s death

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FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was shot and killed by former police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. The death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer led to protests in the St. Louis area and across the country, and also sparked a nationwide conversation about race and police brutality.

One year later, demonstrators gathered at the Canfield Green Apartments on Sunday for a 4.5 minute long "moment of silence" at 11:55 a.m., the time when Brown was shot.  The 4.5 minutes signifies the number of hours Brown's body lay in the street while his death was investigated.  They then marched silently to St. Mark Family Church about one mile away.

Other commemorative events and prayer services are planned across the St. Louis area.