How police and a new generation of activists eased Ferguson tension

13 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ferguson to keep state of emergency for at least one more day.

A state of emergency in Ferguson, Mo., will continue for at least another 24 hours, even as the unrest tied to the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s fatal shooting by police ebbed. Harris, who is still in critical condition, has since been charged with assault, but questions still linger over what incited the violent outbreak. “The accounts that I heard from mainstream media were very different from the accounts I heard from people on the ground, which has always been the case in Ferguson,” he said. “The sense I get is there was some resistance from protesters but it wasn’t nearly as intense or as threatening as many of the law enforcement officials were saying it was.” Pamela Meanes, the former president of the National Bar Association, also described “tension” in Ferguson following the shooting and resisted the mainstream media narrative of the violence in the city. Stenger said in a statement it was “because of their ability to maintain order that I find it prudent to continue the state of emergency” until at least Thursday afternoon. She explained: I think there is some frustration on the part of individuals that there’s always this picture being painted of Ferguson as an unruly place that cannot control the movement, but movements are not controlled anyway.

Peaceful protests and vigils held over the weekend to commemorate the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer last year, had given way ealier in the week to multiple shootings and fears about a resurgence of the chaos that erupted in suburban St. Sign up here for Live Today, HuffPost Live’s morning email that will let you know the newsmakers, celebrities and politicians joining us that day and give you the best clips from the day before. Brown’s death set off a wave of sometimes violent protests, although a grand jury and a Justice Department probe both found that former officer Darren Wilson used justifiable force in the shooting.

Unrest continued Monday morning with more than 100 arrests at daytime demonstrations followed by nearly two dozen arrests at night after officers reported being hit with rocks and frozen water bottles. However, one AP reporter says he was hit by pepper spray. (AP) Police said they arrested 22 people during the protests on Monday night and into Tuesday morning, while dozens of others had been arrested several hours earlier for stopping traffic during the evening rush hour. McGuire said that police officers and state troopers went to an area of West Florissant Avenue — the epicenter for protests in Ferguson last year and this month — because some protesters were standing in the road. Louis County police released a surveillance video they said showed Tyrone Harris Jr. pulling out a handgun moments before multiple gunshots were fired at a police car on Sunday night.

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