(CNN) — In St. Louis Saturday, protesters marched through downtown, demanding justice for Michael Brown and an end to police violence just days after the killing of another black teenager by a white officer sparked a fresh round of angry demonstrations.
Friday night in Ferguson, hundreds gathered for a memorial march for Brown and were met by police in riot gear who threatened to arrest anyone who so much as touched an officer.
This week’s killing of Vonderrit Myers is breeding as much grief and controversy as Brown’s.
“They took my son and destroyed his life,” said Vonderrit Myers Sr., “and now they’re trying to destroy his character and I’m not going to allow that to happen.”
In new surveillance video obtained by CNN, the 18-year old Myers, minutes before the shooting, was wearing a black printed T-shirt. The family attorney says no gun is seen beneath Myers’ clothes.
Police say the officer who shot Myers noticed something suspicious and confronted the teenager.
“There was a physical altercation between the officer and the suspect where they were hands on,” said St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson. “They were fighting, the suspect comes out of a grey hooded sweatshirt during the struggle, runs up a hill turns toward the officer, fires at least three shots, officer defends himself and returns fire.”
Saint Louis police say a nine-millimeter handgun was recovered at the scene. Ballistics tests are still pending. Myers, they say, was known to police, because he was out on bond for a previous gun-related offense.
This incident comes nearly two months after Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer. Vowing never to forget, protesters have been gathering for the start of what’s being called a “weekend of resistance.”
The Brown family is calling for peace: “While we respect every citizen’s right to free expression, it is our hope that those coming to Ferguson to protest the shooting of our son this weekend do so peacefully and lawfully.”
A strong message from a family that has already lost so much.