Report: Home Raided After Ferguson ‘Ambush’

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Calm prevails in Ferguson after shooting of police officers.

Two policemen were shot early Thursday in Ferguson, Missouri, in what one official called an ambush, hours after the city’s police chief resigned in the wake of a Justice Department report that accused the department of racially biased policing. FERGUSON, Missouri — A shooting in Ferguson on Wednesday that left two local police officers injured has fueled tensions already running high in the city since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in August. The police department has been a key gathering point for months with protesters returning to the spot in early March after the Justice Department issued a scathing report documenting racism in the Ferguson Police Department and court system.

Louis suburb shortly after midnight on Thursday morning, driving up tensions in a community that has become the center of an intense nationwide debate over race and policing. Louis County police department, was shot in the shoulder, while the other, from the nearby town of Webster Groves, was shot in the face, with the bullet lodging behind his ear. Others were there to remember 18-year-old Michael Brown, whose shooting death by a Ferguson police officer in August made the city a national focal point. “We’ll not be derailed in the pursuit of justice by anybody or anything that wants to get in our way,” said the Rev. Part of that tactic was for officers to refrain from approaching protesters in a line formation, a tactic used the previous night when the two officers were shot at from a distance. Jerry Lohr. “We were trying to provide these officers with a little bit of security, with a little bit of safety, but at the same time be able to do our jobs,” Lohr said.

He would not confirm media reports that two men and a woman were led away.’This is really an ambush’ “This is really an ambush, is what it is,” said Chief Jon Belmar of the St. Some claimed the move was to prevent a repeat of the previous night’s violence, which came just as the protest was winding down. “We’re more organized today than what they expected, so everybody should be proud of that,” said one of the protesters as he urged the crowd to disperse. “We can’t continue to let them take the narrative….

We have to be more and more strategic as the days go on.” “We still have a plan, a purpose and some demands that things must change in our community,” said one protester over a loudspeaker, as a light rain began to fall and the crowd packed up for the night. Crime Stoppers, a nationwide organisation that works to prevent and solve crimes, has offered a $10 000 reward for information leading to the culprit and two Missouri Congressmen have added $3 000 more.

The shooting came less than three months after a man ambushed two New York City patrolmen, apparently seeking to avenge the killings of Brown and an unarmed black man in New York. – Reuters In Washington, President Barack Obama took to Twitter to relay his prayers to the officers and to denounce violence against police. “Path to justice is one all of us must travel together,” Obama wrote, signing the tweet with his initials to indicate the president personally composed it.

We ask our residents and clergy in this area to partner with us as we make our way through this process.” The calls for healing and reconciliation weren’t received favorably by all. Besides the city manager, a municipal court judge resigned this week, while a city court clerk and two police officers were either dismissed or resigned after they were identified in the report of sending racist emails. Mayor James Knowles III also said Wednesday the city had reached a mutual separation agreement with Jackson that will pay Jackson one year of his nearly $96,000 annual salary and health coverage.

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