FERGUSON, Mo. (BP) – Missouri Baptists gathered for prayer Aug. 13 before a fifth night of turbulent protests erupted over the shooting death of an African American teenager by a local police officer.
The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by an unnamed Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9 garnered national attention after the teenager's death incited peaceful protests as well as several nights of upheaval in this St. Louis-area town.
During the night, looters broke windows, started fires and stole items from local stores. Racial tensions also came to the fore after Brown's death, partially because the Ferguson police force has only three African American officers in a community where two-thirds of the population is black.