Yamiche Alcindor, USA TODAY
ST. LOUIS (USA Today) — The father of Michael Brown still grieves for his son, but finds solace in the change spurred by the teenager’s death as the one-year anniversary of his Aug. 9 shooting nears.
Michael Brown, Sr., plans to remain visible in an effort to get justice for his son and others killed by police officers, he told USA TODAY on Friday. He’s proud of national and local efforts that followed his son’s death, including the ouster of several Ferguson, Mo., leaders, President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and increased use of police body cameras around the country.
Yet, as Aug. 9 approaches, the father relives those treacherous moments when he first learned his son was dead at 18.
“All the emotions, all the thoughts, the scenes, everything are just repeating themselves,” the 37-year-old man said. “A piece of my heart, a piece of my soul, a piece of me is gone that I can never get back.”