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Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott traveled to Ferguson to participate in peaceful protests. (Source: Attica Scott) Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott traveled to Ferguson to participate in peaceful protests. (Source: Attica Scott)
Scott used social media to share photos and videos of the events in Ferguson. (Source: Attica Scott) Scott used social media to share photos and videos of the events in Ferguson. (Source: Attica Scott)
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon order the National Guard to restore peace and order to Ferguson. (Source: Attica Scott) Missouri Governor Jay Nixon order the National Guard to restore peace and order to Ferguson. (Source: Attica Scott)
An autopsy authorized by Michael Brown's family revealed the teen was shot at least six times. An autopsy authorized by Michael Brown's family revealed the teen was shot at least six times.
Attica Scott in April 2014 (Source: WAVE 3 News) Attica Scott in April 2014 (Source: WAVE 3 News)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville Metro councilwoman traveled to the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, MO over the weekend to take part in peaceful protests and to support the family of Michael Brown.

Councilwoman Attica Scott said she couldn't sit back and watch, so she decided to go to Ferguson and share her experiences on social media.

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Brown, an unarmed teenager, was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Aug 9. His death has sparked violence and unrest in Ferguson.

Scott documented her experience by making short videos and taking pictures of what she witnessed, including a heavy police presence in the streets of Ferguson and the community members she saw involved in peaceful protests.

"We should care because Louisville could be Ferguson," said Scott. "We participated in a peaceful protest that was lead by Jesse Jackson. Unfortunately, we saw an armored vehicle ride past the peaceful protests."

The police department has come under harsh criticism for refusing to clarify the circumstances of the shooting and for responding to protests with military-style operational gear. That's what's concerning to Scott.  

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On Sunday, a private autopsy ordered by Brown's family was performed. According to the autopsy report, Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head.

"What does this preliminary autopsy tell us?” questioned Brown family attorney Ben Crump. “It verifies that the witness accounts were true, that [Brown] was shot multiple times."

"He was shot at least six times,” said Prof. Shawn Parcells, who assisted with the autopsy. “We've got [a gunshot] to the very top of the head, the apex. We've got one that entered just above right eyebrow. We've got one that entered at the top part of right arm. We've got a graze wound, a superficial graze wound, to the middle part of the right arm. We've got a wound that entered the medial aspect of the right arm. And we've got a deep graze wound that produced a laceration to the palm of the right hand."

Another night of violent clashes came Sunday night. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is sending in the National Guard to help restore peace and order to Ferguson.

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"Molotov cocktails were thrown,” said Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol. "There were shootings, looting, vandalism and other acts of violence that clearly appear not to have been spontaneous but premeditated criminal acts."

Scott believes that those who are acting violent are outside agitators. 

"We know that answering violence with violence is not the answer and it does not help the city of Ferguson who want justice for Michael Brown," said Scott.

President Barack Obama is sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson to meet with federal law enforcement authorities investigating the police shooting of an unarmed teenager.

Obama says Holder will travel to the St. Louis suburb on Wednesday.

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