Ferguson, Under State of Emergency, Falls Into an Uneasy Calm

11 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

144 Ferguson protesters arrested in second day of clashes after the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death.

Michael Brown Sr. posted a message on Facebook late Monday to express gratitude for events over the weekend marking the one-year anniversary of his 18-year-old son’s fatal shooting by a police officer in Missouri’s town of Ferguson.Police in riot gear forced protesters off the street and cuffed 23 others Monday night in Ferguson, Mo. after more than a hundred arrests earlier in the day.

His comments came as police in Ferguson made more than 100 arrests and authorities declared a state of emergency following protests over the unarmed teen’s death. As further unrest marked the anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown, some in the crowd, not far from the spot where he was shot, felt the awareness stemming from that incident has empowered them. “They say what we are doing is excessive, but the death of Mike Brown brought an issue that has been swept under the rug to the light, so I like it, it’s powerful,” said a former Ferguson resident who goes by the name Mal Stiff. “A lot has changed in the minds of the people like the minds of the activists, the protesters, the people who are really down with change. Louis County to stem further violence. “Violence is going to happen, I don’t want to minimize it at all because it’s a problem, no one agrees with it, but it happens regardless,” Shawn said. Several people were arrested for “resisting/interfering,” county police said on Twitter. “Safety, our top priority, is now compromised,” the department Tweeted. “This is no longer a peaceful protest. Harris’s father, Tyrone Harris Sr., said he believed his son, a friend of Brown’s, was unarmed and called the police version of Sunday night’s violence “a bunch of lies.” Police Chief Jon Belmar said detectives had been tracking a man they feared was armed and he was then involved in an exchange of 40 or 50 shots between two groups of people, before shooting the officers’ vehicle. “They were criminals.

They were not protesters,” Belmar said of the groups that exchanged shots. “Protesters are people that are out there that are talking about a way to effect change, whatever that may be. That is not what is happening here.” “Not only does violence obscure any message of peaceful protest,” Lynch said, “it places the community, as well as the officers who seek to protect it, in harm’s way.” Earlier Sunday, the situation was peaceful as marchers began at the site where Michael Brown was shot on August 9, 2014.

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