Missouri mother uses Ferguson protests as lesson for young son

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FERGUSON, Mo. – The one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death brought unrest to Ferguson, Missouri.

On Aug. 9, 2014, Brown was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson, which sparked outrage across the country in regards to what some described as racial bias by the police.

A grand jury didn’t indict Wilson and the U.S. Justice Department also declined to file criminal charges in the case. However, the government issued a report that found the Ferguson Police Department and the city’s municipal court had engaged in a “pattern and practice” of discrimination against African Americans.

Organizers say things started off peacefully with vigils being held throughout the day.

However, the peaceful protests were disrupted by gunfire on Sunday night.

Authorities say 18-year-old Tyrone Harris was seen running away from the scene after exchanging gunfire with another person.

According to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, detectives in an unmarked SUV began pursuing Harris, who opened fire on them.

Two St. Louis County Police Department vehicles were damaged by gunfire in the early hours of August 10, 2015, police said. This photo details some of the damage from those gunshots.

Two St. Louis County Police Department vehicles were damaged by gunfire in the early hours of August 10, 2015, police said. This photo details some of the damage from those gunshots.

Officers say Harris continued to shoot at police when he was shot multiple times.

He is now in critical condition.

At that point, police presence increased and word about the shooting spread.

Police and protesters faced off in a tense standoff not far from where Brown was shot one year earlier.

The St. Louis County Police Department says that several objects were thrown at police and some businesses were damaged.

One officer was hit in the face with a brick, while two others were pepper sprayed.

A journalist was attacked and robbed in a parking lot near the protests.

Amidst the violence, many of the protesters were part of a peaceful protest.

One mother stood with her young son in front of police in riot gear to teach him a lesson.

“Learn right from wrong so you can be a better man. I don’t need them shooting you in the head and be gone forever for a little mistake,” she told him.

On Monday, protesters took part in what they are calling “Moral Monday,” which was a day of planned civil disobedience.

So far, those protests have been peaceful, but there have been several arrests.

County officials declared a State of Emergency for the area.

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