Police, protesters clash again in Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Anger spurred by the death of a black teenager at the hands of a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb boiled over again when protesters stormed into a Missouri convenience store — the same one the teen was accused of robbing.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s office tweeted “Long night. Thanks to all who tried to stop unnecessary violence” and said the governor would be in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday to meet with local leaders.
Police and about 200 protesters clashed late Friday after another tense day that began with authorities identifying the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown as 28-yearold Darren Wilson. At the same time, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson released documents alleging Brown, 18, had stolen a $48.99 box of cigars from the convenience store and strong-armed a man on his way out.
Just before midnight, some in what had been a large, rowdy but mostly peaceful crowd broke into that same small store, Ferguson Market & Liquor, and began looting it, Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said. Some protesters yelled at the aggressors to stop what they were doing, and about a dozen eventually helped protect the store.
Teams of police officers holding rifles and dressed in riot gear used their cars to block a one-mile stretch of West Florissant Avenue, the street at the center of the protests. Occasional firecrackers sounded in the distance.
Some in the crowd began throwing rocks and other objects at police, Johnson said. One officer was hurt; details were not immediately available. Johnson said police backed off to try and ease the tension. No arrests were made.
“We had to evaluate the security of the officers there and also the rioters,” Johnson said.
Protestors stand in the middle of West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, refusing to leave despite police orders early Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.