Ferguson, Missouri, after the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown was found dead in a burning car Tuesday morning.
Police discovered the body of Daren Seals, 29, at around 1:50 a.m., according to a statement to BuzzFeed News. Crews had been called to a burning car in the city of Riverview — about 10 miles from downtown St. Louis — and found Seals’ body when the flames were extinguished.
(Police provided Seals’ first name as “Daren,” but on social media and past news reports it was spelled “Darren.”)
After putting out the fire, investigators discovered Seals had been shot. The case is being investigated as a homicide, the police added.
St. Louis County has issued a state of emergency in light of last night’s activity. Today, “Moral Monday” as it’s being called, demonstrators took part in blocking highways, shutting down businesses and halting traffic in public spaces. Several arrests were made outside Thomas Eagleton Federal Courthouse in downtown St. Louis, including DeRay McKesson (@deray), Johnetta “Netta” Elzie (@nettaaaaaaaa) and Cornel West. You can read the full order declaring a state of emergency here.
Here’s a photo from Flickr user ifmuth of Broad Street in downtown Atlanta looking very pretty in the springtime greenery. I’m so glad to be back in my Fairlie-Poplar neighborhood.
I had a nice trip to St. Louis this past weekend and I was impressed with the downtown development there. They have an amazing amount of well-preserved old buildings and I was jealous of the wide sidewalks that covered so much of the city. There has obviously been a great deal of city investment downtown, particularly with the linear parks that lead to the Arch.
Here are some photos I took of downtown St. Louis:
There’s a lot of new residential presence and a general urban vibrancy in downtown St. Louis. I’d like to see that level of vibrancy in downtown Atlanta, particularly with some added residents.
Urban centers across the US are demonstrating that they’ve learned an important lesson: the late-20th century system of having downtowns serve primarily as an office/entertainment district for car-bound suburban dwellers is unsustainable; creating livable, walkable urban spaces is the bright future. Atlanta has a little more catching up than most when it comes to this, but we’re headed in the right direction.
ST. LOUIS – Dozens of protesters were arrested Monday outside the U.S. attorney’s office in downtown St. Louis during a demonstration against police brutality. DeRay Mckesson and Johnetta Elzie – prominent activists in the Black Lives Matter movement – were among the 57 people detained during the sit-in. They were released after being issued a summons alleging obstruction of the courthouse doorways, U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said in a statement.