Ferguson mulls replacing mid-street shrine to Michael Brown

5 years 3 weeks 2 days ago Tuesday, May 05 2015 May 5, 2015 Tuesday, May 05, 2015 2:40:57 PM CDT May 05, 2015 in News
By: Jim Suhr and Alan Scher Zagier, The Associated Press

FERGUSON (AP) - Leaders of the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, are considering removing or replacing a makeshift shrine to Michael Brown that has lined the middle of the street where he was killed since last summer.

The shrine to the unarmed black 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a white police officer is comprised of stuffed animals, flower pots and candles and is several yards long.

The mayor says the shrine's location makes it a safety hazard. However, removing it could stoke anger among community members who were outraged by Brown's killing and a grand jury's decision not to charge the officer.

A Washington-based mediator says one idea proposed to Brown's family and the city is replacing the shrine with a dove symbol that would be embedded in the asphalt.

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