- Associated Press - Friday, September 26, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Business leaders in Ferguson have postponed a weekend street festival in response to safety concerns as angry protests over 18-year-old Michael Brown’s fatal police shooting continue.

The 15th annual Ferguson StreetFest was scheduled to begin Friday afternoon and continue through Saturday night. The Ferguson Special Business District announced the postponement earlier this week after a contentious series of town hall meetings Monday night hosted by city officials who hoped to heal a community still in turmoil after Brown’s early August death.

Community tensions have flared up in recent days after fire destroyed a makeshift memorial for Brown Tuesday and the arrest of several protesters Thursday night as Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson attempted to join a protest march.

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