Po­lice, pro­test­ers clash again in Fer­gu­son

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

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.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dis­patch, Robert Cohen

Pro­tes­tors stand in the mid­dle of West Floris­sant Av­enue in Fer­gu­son, re­fus­ing to leave de­spite po­lice or­ders early Satur­day, Aug. 16, 2014.

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