Latest Ferguson protests are smaller, more subdued

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Police and protesters in Ferguson have shared the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke.

The St. Louis suburb still had plenty of protest Tuesday over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, and tensions did rise briefly when a bottle was hurled at officers. But it was more subdued than other nights. Police said they made 47 arrests.

That came the day before Attorney General Eric Holder was to visit Ferguson to meet with FBI and other officials carrying out an independent federal investigation into Brown's death. And officials have said a grand jury could begin hearing evidence Wednesday to determine whether the officer should be charged in Brown's death.

On Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside a suburban St. Louis building where a grand jury is expected to convene to consider possible charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The roughly two dozen protesters chanted, prayed and held signs outside the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton, Missouri, on Wednesday. They called for county prosecutor Bob McCulloch to relinquish control of the case to a special prosecutor, among other things.

About 20 police officers stood outside the building's front entrance, which was also blocked off by yellow police tape.

It could be weeks before the grand jury decides whether Officer Darren Wilson should stand trial for Brown's Aug. 9 death.

(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)


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