Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey Protests in Ferguson

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    San Francisco's Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey went down to Missouri over the weekend - with phone and Twitter account in hand - to take part in the Ferguson protests.

    According to his Twitter feed, Dorsey arrived on Friday, and said it "feels good to be home. I'll be standing with everyone in Ferguson all weekend." He used the hashtag #HandsUpDontShoot to signify why Ferguson is now the newest civil rights flashpoint - Dorsey grew up ten miles from Ground Zero.
     

    The St. Louis suburb has been roiled by unrest following the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

    The 18-year-old African American man was killed after being shot six times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, 28, who is white. Brown was unarmed and had no criminal record. But according to Ferguson police, was a suspect in a robbery committed minutes before the shooting.

    Brown's death has sparked demonstrations and unrest in Ferguson, so much so that the National Guard was called in to help on Sunday night. And the FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting.

    Dorsey later clarified he's not exactly from Ferguson, but "proudly born & raised in St. Louis City." He did not respond to a Tweet on Monday from NBC Bay Area requesting further comment.

    According to his tweets, retweets and Vines, Dorsey showed the protests on Sunday were mostly peaceful, and they drew crowds ranging from Harley Davidson bikers to monks dressed in wine and gold garb.

    "Marching," was what he wrote on Sunday, showing six seconds of people marching quietly in the streets, one woman with her hands raised up in prayer. He showed pictures of volunteers bringing in food and drinks to the marchers. He took pictures of people praying in the streets. And he showed a picture that he called his parents, hanging out, talking to peopel.

    Dorsey did a lot of retweeting too, showing that things weren't all rosy. He retweeted Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Kesling, who showed a smoke "multi-projectile" was fired and found on the street.


    But the overall theme of Dorsey's running tweets was one of a community that ws pulling together in hard times. Early Monday morning, he described a "lovely lady" named Erma Dupree, who stayed for hours cleaning up the streets of her hometown.