Protests reignite in Ferguson

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Police on Wednesday arrested a group of protesters threatening to shut down a portion of Interstate 70 near Ferguson, Missouri.

Some demonstrators threw rocks at police during the emotionally charged protest, aimed at convincing Gov. Jay Nixon to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate last month’s shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. CNN witnessed about two dozen people being taken into custody.

A grand jury is presently hearing the Brown case and will determine whether Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will face any charges.

Local authorities advised protesters not to disrupt interstate traffic and stopped protesters from blocking the highway.

Demonstrators who weren’t detained said they were heading to downtown Ferguson to protest there.

“Attempting to block an interstate highway is unsafe and unacceptable. … People trying to shut down I-70 would not only create a very serious hazard for themselves, but also for motorists simply trying to get home from school or work,” Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said before the protest, according to CNN affiliate KMOV.

The protest comes amid a busy week in the Brown case.

On Tuesday night, the Ferguson City Council met for the first time since the shooting, and on the agenda was the creation of a citizen review board to work with the police department.

The meeting quickly turned rowdy, though, with some in attendance chanting Brown’s name and shouting at council members, according to various media reports.

“You have the Michael Brown movement in your face because of your ongoing neglect,” one woman told the Council.

Added another, “We’re not going to let you go back to business as usual.”

The ordinance to create the citizen review board was read Tuesday, but it requires a second reading before the Council can vote on it, Mayor James Knowles told the crowd, according to CNN affiliate KPLR.

Also Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge Ellen Levy Siwak denied a request from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Brown’s juvenile records be released, the paper reported. The paper sought the release of the records because there is heavy public interest in Brown’s history.

Though the records weren’t released, a juvenile court lawyer said Brown had no serious felony convictions as a juvenile, and he was facing no charges at the time of his death.

Earlier Tuesday, Brown’s family members appeared alongside members of the NAACP and the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, demanding that Wilson be arrested for Brown’s death.

The news conference came after the Post-Dispatch reported that two witnesses — who were working at the Canfield Green apartment complex near where Brown was killed — said Wilson chased Brown on foot, fired at him as he fled and fatally shot him as he attempted to surrender with his hands up.

The witnesses’ accounts were important, NAN’s the Rev. Carlton Lee said, because the witnesses had no connection to Brown, Ferguson or Canfield Green and offer the perspectives of two outsiders.

“Darren Wilson should be arrested, booked, fingerprinted and photographed,” Brown family attorney Anthony Gray said during the Tuesday news conference.

 

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5 comments

  • C.Pfeiffer

    I know someone lost their life. I know he had parents and loved ones. i know he was a teenager. But even if you think the cop was guilty of shooting for the wrong reasons, he has a chance to prove he’s not. I think this whole Ferguson rioting is utterly ridiculous! I think they did an investigation, and more than enough, to constitute awareness and possible criminal charges. However, we have so many other things happening in our world today, but I don’t see ANYONE in front of the Whitehouse! I know a lot of people in Ferguson and other places think it was due to racism. could have been! But every time something like this happens it’s always racism? If that’s the case , can you tell me why a White Teenager in school here was tased by police officers the other day? It just don’t make sense! Don’t you think his parents should gather people up to at least picket those officers? I do! I think the reason for all the cops having a “trigger finger “, so to speak is because our crime rate is out of hand and there’s no respect for authority whether it’s parents, police, or school. it’s time to change all that! Kids of all colors should be raised respectful and they are not!

    • Jack

      Sorry, but it seems rioting is the only thing that will bring justice in cases like this. Without national attention, the local authorities would just ignore it.