Gunfire erupts in Ferguson as crowds mark 1 year anniversary

Posted at 11:06 PM, Aug 09, 2015
By Sara Sidner


FERGUSON, Missouri (CNN) — Multiple shots erupted in Ferguson late Sunday night, sending people running for cover, as crowds marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by a white police officer.

The shot rang out as Ferguson’s acting police chief, Andre Anderson, was speaking to reporters.

Several objects were thrown at police and some businesses damaged, the St. Louis County Police Department said.

Authorities said they were trying to restore order amid the tensions Sunday night. Police, with helmets and shields, pushed crowds back and called in tactical units

The details of what happened on August 9, 2014, and the days of protest that followed have become a polarizing topic in Ferguson and America as a whole.

For much of the evening Sunday, police and protesters faced off on West Florissant, where Brown was shot.