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“Gangs have stopped being violent. Kids walk around more joyfully. There is a sense of peacefulness and safety because the police are more aware of their actions.”
NEVER FORGET

Photos: Remembering the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson

By Helen Donahue

This piece has been corrected.

Sunday, August 9, marks the anniversary of 18-year-old Michael Brown’s fatal shooting by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown’s death ignited protests and demonstrations in the St. Louis suburb, and catalyzed a national conversation about racism and police brutality in the United States.

Local officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed the unarmed black teen, was never indicted for his actions. But questioning police use-of-force and demanding regulation of authority remain vital issues today. This weekend, in Brown’s memory, many protestors are out on the streets in Ferguson again.

The photos below reveal the emotional aftermath of Ferguson, told through Reuters photographer Adrees Latif‘s portraits and interviews with local residents.

“You can talk about change but until it is put into practice it’s just words.” - Donald Harry, 57

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Donald Harry, 57, a home owner, poses for a portrait while grilling in his backyard.

“Despite everything that happened, I still wouldn’t move because I love this community.” – Bridget Guthrie, 52

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Bridget Guthrie, 52, a pharmacy technician, poses for a portrait.

“I mistrust the government now because the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death was politically driven. The destruction and hate was all driven by politics.” – Steve Hewkin, 57

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Steve Hewkin, 57, poses for a portrait in his auto body shop.

“I do not want to live here no more because it’s scary. I heard the tear gas [being fired]. My mom locked us up in our room [during the protests].” – Shakira Pope, 8

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Shakira Pope, 8, an elementary school student, holds her dog.

“I don’t trust the law anymore. I could be next.” – Randy Johnson, 17

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Randy Johnson, 17, a high school student, poses for a portrait between games of basketball outside a friend’s residence.
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Correction (August 9): This piece originally misidentified the police officer who shot Michael Brown. He is Darren, not David, Wilson.