Ferguson Protest Leader’s Body Found in Burned Car

     ST. LOUIS (CN) — The remains of a Ferguson protest leader were found in a burned out car on Tuesday morning.
     St. Louis County Police identified the body as Darren Seals, 29, of St. Louis. Seals, who had a gunshot wound, lived about 12 miles from where the car was found in north St. Louis County.
     The vehicle was on fire when police responded. The body was found around 1:50 a.m. after the flames were extinguished.
     Seals helped lead the Ferguson protests after Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, was fatally shot by then Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, in August 2014.
     The shooting set off months of often violent protests and brought the topics of racism and excessive police force into the national conversation.
     Seals was with Brown’s mother on Nov. 24, 2014, when St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced that a grand jury had declined to not indict Wilson.
     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.
     On his Twitter account, Seals described himself as a “Businessman, Revolutionary, Activist, Unapologetically BLACK, Afrikan in AmeriKKKa, Fighter, Leader.”
     The case is being investigated as a homicide by the St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons. The motive for the killing was unknown.

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