Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Supporters of Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson attend a rally for him on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Barney's Sports Pub along Chippewa Street in St. Louis. Ferguson's streets remained peaceful as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest that erupted when Wilson, a white police officer, fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT
Tensions subside after peaceful Ferguson protests
First Published Aug 24 2014 10:40 am • Last Updated Aug 24 2014 10:40 am

Ferguson, Mo. • Tensions briefly flared then subsided late Saturday night and early Sunday in Ferguson as nightly protests continued two weeks after a white city police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Police reported only a handful of arrests, and traffic flowed freely along the West Florissant Avenue commercial corridor near the suburban St. Louis apartment complex where Ferguson officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown six times in the middle of the street on Aug. 9.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

But once again, peaceful daytime protests gave way to angrier shouts and more defiant marchers as night fell — including some who argued angrily with one another. But well past midnight, there were no sign of police riot gear, tear gas or armored vehicles that marked earlier street skirmishes in the first week after Brown’s death.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon reiterated his support Sunday for sticking with the St. Louis County prosecutor, who has convened a grand jury to begin hearing evidence and to decide whether to indict the officer. The federal government also has launched its own investigation into the shooting.

"He was elected overwhelmingly by the people a number of times. He’s been through a lot. Certainly, with this level of attention, I think everyone will work hard to do their best work," Nixon said of St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch on NBC’s "Meet the Press."

On Saturday afternoon, a diverse group of protesters — many of them children — marched peacefully alongside community activists and uniformed police as calm largely prevailed for a fourth straight day in north St. Louis County.

"I think some of the frustration is dying down because more information is coming out," said Alana Ramey, 25, a St. Louis resident. "I think there is more action going on. People are being more organized and that is helping."

The protesters included a dozen students and recent graduates of Harvard University who arrived in Ferguson after a 20-hour drive. They chatted amicably with Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who commended their passion and encouraged them to remain civically active.

"When we go back to our communities, there’s a Ferguson near us," said the Rev. Willie Bodrick II, 26, of Roxbury, Massachusetts, a youth minister and recent graduate of Harvard Divinity School.

The images of well-armed suburban police officers confronting protesters in Ferguson with tear gas and rubber bullets after the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson prompted widespread criticism of how local law enforcement agencies have used federal grants to obtain military gear from the Pentagon. President Barack Obama ordered the White House to conduct a review of those programs after calling for more separation between the nation’s armed forces and civilian police.


story continues below
story continues below

About 10 miles south of Ferguson, supporters of Wilson rallied Saturday at a sports pub owned by the family of Mark Rodebaugh, a 21-year veteran of the St. Louis police department. Rodebaugh said he wanted to have the event because Wilson’s name has been "dragged through the mud." He said it felt good to see supporters who weren’t officers or relatives of officers.

"We’ve got a hard job to do," he said. "We want people to know they shouldn’t give up on law enforcement."

Wilson, who has been on paid administrative leave, has not spoken publicly since the shooting and Associated Press reporters have not been able to contact him.

Normandy High School, which Brown attended, observed a moment of silence Saturday morning at the start of a home football game.

"This is something we shouldn’t forget," said Donald Vaughan Cross, 77, a Hanley Hills resident whose grandson played for the opposing team. "This is something that should be on the minds of everybody — young ones and old ones. And the old ones like myself, we remember. It’s still going on. When is it going to stop? When is it going to end?"

———

Associated Press reporters Alex Sanz in Ferguson and Sara Burnett in St. Louis contributed to this report.



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.