FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Tensions that boiled over in Ferguson Tuesday night led to police being called and gunshots fired. But many in the St. Louis community are curious why violence broke out after weeks of relative calm compared to the days following the shooting death of Michael Brown, Jr.
While tensions were calmer on Canfield Drive, Wednesday, residents of the neighborhood feel confident about the numerous issues that they believe led to the violence, Tuesday.
Early Tuesday morning, flames erupted at the make-shift memorial for Brown that was just feet away from where he was fatally shot on August 9th by Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson.
“Everybody feels like it could be them … [in] this same situation. Nobody [is] blind to what could happen to you out here because that could be my memorial,” said area resident LaRon Brown.
The memorial has since been rebuilt with new teddy bear stuffed animals and notes for Brown. But many still feel that the situation has not improved since Brown’s shooting.
“People feel if there is no justice, there should be no peace,” said one resident.
“Some may feel as if it was a direct disrespect to what is going on … I believe they feel like they are just trying to make this just go away and cover it up,” said area resident Darnell Ivery of law enforcement.
The direct cause of the fire is unknown, but the residents are frustrated with the speed of the investigation.