Ferguson, Missouri, protest leader found shot dead in burning car

Ferguson, Missouri, protest leader found shot dead in burning car

Ferguson, Missouri, protest leader found shot dead in burning car

Darren Seals, a prominent Ferguson, Missouri, activist following the 2014 police shooting death of Michael Brown, was found shot to death inside a burning auto Tuesday morning in St. Louis County, according to multiple reports.

Seals, a St. Louis resident, was a leader of the protest movement prompted by the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014. Seals led protests with a group called Hands Up United, which was working on a campaign called Polls Ova Police, which sought to use this year's elections to challenge police policies, according to the New York Times.

The St. Louis American reported that Seals had recently uploaded a video to Facebook Live in which he talked about his own experience with the Ferguson Police Department and said officer drew guns on both him and his younger brother. The investigation was ongoing.

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McGuire told CNN on Wednesday that the Joshua case is active and remains unsolved, but investigators have found nothing linking that case to Seals' death.

Author, activist and documentary producer Tariq Nasheed tweeted a conversation between himself and Seals in which he warned the Ferguson activist of "certain people" he "suspected of being agents". Four months later, after the prosecutor announced that Wilson would not face charges in Brown's death, Seals described to MTV what it was like to comfort the man's grieving mother.

He added, "And for Mike Brown's mother to be right there in my arms crying-she literally cried in my arms-it was like I felt her soul crying". I've seen people crying, but she was really hurt. It was a black boy being shot in the community. Police said his first named was spelled Daren, though court records and other activists spell his name as Darren. He channeled his anger into activism and was critical of the Black Lives Matter movement as being outsiders in his community. "We did not always agree, but he should be alive today".

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