Protest organizers say more work lies ahead in Ferguson

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As Ferguson manhunt continues, Michael Brown’s family defends police.

FERGUSON, Missouri: Protesters called for calm but vowed to keep pushing for change in Ferguson a day after two police officers were shot in the Missouri city where racial tensions have flared since the police killing last year of an unarmed black 18-year-old.The family of Michael Brown, and others who have criticized police actions in Ferguson, Mo., made a strong show of solidarity with local police, after two officers were nearly killed by gunfire early Thursday morning outside the Ferguson Police Department. Some protesters continued to demand the resignation of Ferguson’s mayor and the disbanding of its embattled Police Department, despite the resignations of the city’s police chief and other police and municipal officials in recent days. They also prayed for peace as Ferguson moves forward in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report on racial bias in its law-enforcement practices.

A crowd of about 200 protesters gathered again outside the police department Thursday night, but the scene was a marked contrast to the previous night, when fights broke out before the shootings. There’s “no way [that the shooting suspects are] representative of the thousands of people … who have been protesting,” said Antonio French, a St. Others were there to remember 18-year-old Michael Brown, whose shooting death by a white Ferguson police officer in August made the city a national focal point. Police adopted a nonconfrontational strategy and generally kept their distance even as small groups of officers armed only with holstered sidearms strolled into the crowds to speak with demonstrators. Undeniably, tensions between police and the community were ratcheted up by Thursday’s shootings, and some conservative websites highlighted Twitter commentary celebrating the fact that officers were injured.

Yet as a manhunt for the shooter entered a second day, the overall response from a stressed-out city seeking institutional reform and racial reconciliation mirrored comments by President Obama, who said police officers are doing a “terrifically tough job” in managing at-times rowdy protests while letting people exercise their First Amendment rights. The report was issued at the same time the Justice Department said it had no cause to bring civil rights charges against former officer Darren Wilson, because the evidence showed Mr. But seven witnesses told The Los Angeles Times that the shots were fired from a hill above the demonstrators. “I’m not blaming anybody other than the individuals who took a shot at my officers and hit them, but I am telling you, these are situations that are very difficult to navigate through if you’re a police officer on the street,” Belmar said.

Obama, who has not visited Ferguson but spoke about it publicly, the debate has become polarizing to a dangerous point, says Linda Chavez, a syndicated columnist. “No, [Holder] didn’t intend for someone to try to kill two police officers,” Ms. Asked about police reaction to the absence of violence during Thursday night’s demonstrations, Schellman replied, “It’s always good to see folks express their 1st Amendment rights and do that within the law.” U.S. Holder Jr. called the gunman “a damn punk” who attempted to “sow discord in an area that was trying to get its act together, trying to bring together a community that had been fractured for too long.” Ferguson Mayor James W. Knowles III, whose resignation has been demanded by some protesters, said in a statement that the city “is confident the individuals responsible will be held accountable for their actions” for shooting the officers. Knowles added: “While we respect the right to peacefully protest, we cannot continue to move forward under threats of violence and destruction to our community.

We ask our residents and clergy in this area to partner with us as we make our way through this process.” In addition to the police decision to take a nonconfrontational approach that included not wearing tactical gear, local ministers appealed for nonviolent protests. A sense of looming violence has dogged the seven months following Brown’s death, police say. “I want everybody to understand how difficult this is,” added St. Evidently there are deep-seated feelings that I as a white person need to better understand.” “I’m not sure that anything will stop the protesting,” Ark Ankenbrand said. “Maybe it shouldn’t.

But concern among protesters for the safety of police officers also remained palpable. “Nobody’s happy about this day,” Bob Hudgins, a protester running for City Council, told The New York Times. Kimmel that the perpetrators are “criminals” and should be treated as such. “They need to be arrested, and then what we need to do is to make sure that like-minded, good-spirited people on both sides – law enforcement who have a terrifically tough job and people who understandably don’t want to be harassed just because of their race – that we’re able to work together to come up with some good answers,” he said.

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