Ferguson pauses for prayer on Thanksgiving
Protesters have taken a Thanksgiving pause in Ferguson, Missouri.
There have been no police or Missouri National Guard members standing sentry outside the Ferguson police station, where people have gathered to protest – sometimes violently – since Monday night’s announcement that white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Brown, who was black and unarmed.
On the main street through Ferguson’s downtown, efforts are underway to beautify the city, where dozens of buildings were damaged or destroyed by fire on Monday. Amid freezing temperatures and occasional snow flurries, groups have been painting designs on the plywood that covers store windows – in many cases as protection against vandals.
Other people attended a church service, where a pastor pledged prayer for families of Wilson and Brown.
In downtown St. Louis, a group gathered near Busch Stadium for what organizer Paul Byrd called a “pro-community” car rally meant to be a peaceful counterpoint to the recent violence.