FERGUSON, Mo. -- The Missouri Highway Patrol announced Sunday afternoon that a curfew would be in place again from midnight until 5 a.m. Monday, as protests continue over the police killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in this St. Louis suburb.
The first curfew was announced Saturday by Gov. Jay Nixon (D), who said it was an attempt to curb looting that has accompanied the demonstrations. That curfew ran from midnight until 5 a.m. Sunday, but a few protesters defied it. One person was shot and seven were arrested during demonstrations in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Officers used tear gas on crowds who were out past the first curfew, despite a Saturday statement from Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson that the tactic would not be used to enforce the midnight deadline to leave the streets. Johnson said Sunday that police had to use the tear gas to try to reach the wounded individual, but other protesters had already taken him to the hospital.
Hundreds of people showed up at the Greater Grace Church just outside of Ferguson Sunday afternoon for a rally in Brown's memory. Speakers included Johnson, the Rev. Al Sharpton and civil rights activist Martin Luther King, III. So many people attended the event that it was virtually impossible to find parking, and an overflow crowd gathered outside.
At Greater Grace Church. Already standing room only. pic.twitter.com/mzXOGMkZ8k
— Trymaine Lee (@trymainelee) August 17, 2014
President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder received loud cheers at the rally when their names were mentioned in connection with efforts to step in and ensure an independent investigation into Brown's death. The Justice Department has said it will conduct its own autopsy of Brown's body in order to assure objectivity.
Many residents of Ferguson are calling for St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch to step aside from leading the investigation into Brown's death in light of questions about his impartiality based on his past record of prosecutions and his recent comments in support of the St. Louis County Police Department, which used heavy-handed tactics in confronting protesters.
Crowds also continued to gather on Sunday afternoon at the QT, the gas station and convenience store that was set on fire last week during demonstrations following Brown's death and has become a gathering place for community members to protest. Cars drove by and honked in support:
A group of Tibetan monks even showed up to stand with the protesters:
Photo: Tibetan monks show their support in front of the QT pic.twitter.com/ifID0IChMN
— Benjamin Boyd (@benjaminhboyd) August 17, 2014
CORRECTION: Nixon was originally misidentified as a Republican. The governor is a Democrat.
08/26/2014 7:49 AM EDT
The Toll On Michael Brown's Family
USA Today's Yamiche Alcindor provides an intimate look at how Michael Brown's parents have been dealing with the loss of their son:
Phones constantly ring with reporters asking for interviews or family members offering support. Last week, as demands reached a tipping point, both parents moved into hotels to shield themselves.
In the days leading up to the funeral, Brown's mother continued to cry and spoke in whispers as she tried to explain her feelings.
"They say tomorrow is going to be the hardest day, but I think today was — just seeing my baby laying there, cold," Lesley McSpadden, 34, told USA TODAY. "It did something to my heart. It's too much. It's too much."
08/26/2014 7:44 AM EDT
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New audio has surfaced that allegedly captures the moment when Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9.
CNN aired the unverified recording on Monday night. Six shots can be heard, followed by a pause, then several more. A private autopsy performed on Aug. 17 at the request of Brown's family found that the 18-year-old was shot 6 times, including twice in the head.
08/25/2014 12:58 PM EDT
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Al Sharpton: All Of Us Are Required To Respond
Rev. Al Sharpton: All of us are required to respond to this #MikeBrownfuneral— HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) August 25, 2014
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08/25/2014 12:28 PM EDT
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08/25/2014 12:22 PM EDT
Michael Brown's Stepmother: He Prophesied His Own Death
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