Ferguson protest leader found shot dead in burning car
Leila Kearney, Reuters, Sep 7 2016
An undated photo of Darren Seals from his facebook account
Missouri detectives have not determined a motive or identified any witnesses in an investigation into the death of a man who led protests in the city of Ferguson following the fatal 2014 shooting of Michael Brown by a law enforcement officer, police said on Wednesday. Protest leader Darren Seals, 29, was found shot inside a burning car in the village of Riverview, about five miles east of Ferguson, early on Tuesday, St Louis County Police said in a statement. Seals said in an interview with MTV released in Nov 2014:
I don’t recall anyone having a longer protest, a more productive protest, a more creative protest than what we did. I don’t think people will ever really appreciate what we did until years from now.
Hours before Seals’ death, he posted on Twitter about Colin Kaepernick, a San Francisco 49ers National Football League quarterback who protested racial injustice and police brutality by declining to stand for the national anthem, and the upcoming presidential election. In his Twitter profile, Seals described himself as a “businessman, revolutionary, activist, unapologetically BLACK, Afrikan in AmeriKKKa, fighter, leader.” Police have not determined a motive for the crime or identified any witnesses, Sergeant Shawn McGuire said. McGuire declined to say in which part of Seals’ body he was shot. County police said officers were first called to investigate a burning vehicle in Riverview. The department said in a statement:
When the fire was extinguished, a deceased male subject was located inside of the vehicle.
Seals, whose last-known address was in St Louis, was identified as the victim.