FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Tensions eased in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson on Thursday after two nights of violence and looting sparked by racially charged anger over a grand jury’s decision to clear a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.
Protests also dwindled elsewhere in the United States as the Thanksgiving Day holiday and wintry weather kept many indoors. But in California, more than 250 people were arrested in rallies over the past two days that shut highways in major cites.
By Ellen Wulfhorst and Daniel Wallis
FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Gunshots pierced the air as an angry crowd threw bottles outside the Ferguson Police Department in suburban St. Louis after a grand jury on Monday decided not to indict a white officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen.
The police lobbed tear gas in response as a few hundred protesters took to the streets, with some setting fire to a police cruiser and another car and some buildings.
CLAYTON, Mo./FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon urged people in the St. Louis area to show respect and restraint following a grand jury’s decision on whether to criminally charge a white police officer in the August fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
Prosecutors are set to announce the grand jury’s decision at 8 p.m. local time (0200 GMT) on Monday. Authorities have stepped up security in and around Ferguson, Missouri, to guard against the kind of rioting that flared in the weeks after incident.
CLAYTON, Mo./FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Missouri officials plan to announce a grand jury’s decision on whether to criminally charge a white police officer in the August fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson at 8 p.m. local time (0200 GMT) on Monday, authorities said.
The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a resident of a predominantly black city with a white-dominated power structure, sparked weeks of sometimes violent protests in the St. Louis suburb and has become a flashpoint for strained U.S. race relations.
FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Honking horns and banging a metal bucket, a small but growing group of protesters awaited Monday’s grand jury decision, swarming the Ferguson Police Department and meeting briefly with the father of slain black teen Michael Brown.
Mike Brown Sr., whose unarmed son was killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9, slowed down in a car to chat with demonstrators after hearing that the secret panel had reached a decision on whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting.
FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – A St. Louis-area grand jury was expected on Monday to resume deliberations over whether to bring charges against a white policeman who shot and killed a black teenager in a case that has triggered months of demonstrations and set the city on edge.
With no one knowing how long that process might yet run, residents are anxious and shop fronts are boarded up in fear of unrest, while students in one school district began an extended early Thanksgiving break.
FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – After a fourth straight night of low-level protests in Ferguson, Missouri, anxious residents still did not know on Sunday when a grand jury would return a decision on whether to charge a white policeman who shot an unarmed black teen to death this summer.
It appeared that the St. Louis suburb, which has become a flashpoint for U.S. race relations since Officer Darren Wilson killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, would have to wait until at least Monday and perhaps longer for an announcement.
FERGUSON Mo (Reuters) – Residents of a St. Louis suburb were braced on Saturday for a decision from a grand jury on whether to bring charges against a white police officer for fatally shooting a black teen, a case that has triggered months of demonstrations and a national debate over police violence.
With a grand jury verdict expected at any time, protest leaders and police in Ferguson, Missouri, have been taking steps to avert more street violence, especially if officer Darren Wilson is not indicted in the Aug. 9 slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Wilson has said he shot in self defense while Brown’s companion has said the teen had his hands raised and was trying to surrender.
FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Two men suspected of buying explosives they planned to detonate during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, once a grand jury decides the Michael Brown case, were arrested on Friday and charged with federal firearms offenses, a law enforcement official told Reuters.
Word of the arrests, reported by a number of media outlets Friday, came ahead of the grand jury’s widely anticipated decision on whether the white police officer who fatally shot Brown, an unarmed black teenager, should be indicted on criminal charges.
FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Police and protest organizers laid the groundwork on Friday for steps to avert street violence once a St. Louis-area grand jury decides whether to indict a white police officer on criminal charges for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager.
President Barack Obama added his voice to the chorus of politicians, civic leaders and activists appealing for calm in Ferguson, Missouri, ahead of the impending grand jury decision and demonstrations expected to follow.