Police arrest protesters as St. Louis awaits grand jury decision

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Police arrested about six people overnight after they tried to block a street in a protest calling for a grand jury to charge a white police officer over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen in August.

A few dozen demonstrators, some chanting “Indict that cop”, gathered outside the city police station late on Wednesday in sub-freezing temperatures.

They were faced by officers in riot gear and the arrests were the first in about a week, suggesting tensions were on the rise ahead of the trial ruling.

The grand jury has been meeting for three months to determine whether police officer Darren Wilson broke the law when he shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in an incident that exposed long-simmering racial tensions in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.

Weeks of sometimes violent protests followed Brown’s death, and businesses and schools around Ferguson are bracing for another wave of unrest, particularly if the grand jury does not charge Wilson. Its decision is expected by month’s end.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and called up the National Guard to back up local police, a move some activists criticized as heavy-handed. The Ferguson area has seen few protests over the past week, and all have been peaceful.

Police in the St. Louis area have been through conflict de-escalation training since August and activist leaders have also been training potential protesters in non-violent civil disobedience techniques.

Activists across the United States planned to stage their own rallies at federal courthouses from New York to Los Angeles.

The National Action Network, a group founded by Al Sharpton, a longtime New York civil rights activists, said demonstrations would occur regardless of the grand jury’s decision, with protesters calling for federal charges against Wilson if he does not face local charges.

There are differing accounts of what happened when Wilson shot Brown on Aug. 9. Some witnesses said Brown had his hands up in surrender, while others described a violent scuffle between the two.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Peter Cooney and Crispian Balmer)

2 thoughts on “Police arrest protesters as St. Louis awaits grand jury decision

  1. Appreciate the videos Gordon, all this situation in Ferguson makes me think of the verse in the bible Psalm 33:12. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Ferguson and the St. Louis area is now a stronghold for demons bent on violence and evil destruction. It’s been exactly 51 years since the last prayers were recited in public schools or bibles were publicly read in schools in Ferguson. We have sewn the wind and now reap the whirlwind. It’s unimaginable but there is now a whole generation who have never said or heard the “Lords Prayer” or the “Ten Commandments” because they were eradicated from the public schools in 1962-63 When all hell breaks loose there, it will make every proponent of civil rights a looser because the citizens of Ferguson will loose their civil rights to exist in a free society under law. Congratulations to the such as Al Sharpton, Jessy Jackson and president Obama for their pumping continued support for the demonstrators to “stay the course”. When all hell breaks loose there it makes every atheist, agnostic, anti-god, anti bible, or anti prayer person a looser, because this generation of people have a void conscience of God and the fear of disobedience to Him, will act out on the full fallen nature of man and that is the “Cain” nature which is to harm of kill his brother.
    One other point I am considering is that the backlash of all the violence that is going to happen will insure further militarization of our police and guards, insuring our nation will loose more of its freedoms. The devil is clever and crafty in all his evil divices, May the Lord come today for His church, May God’s kingdom come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

  2. Good points Ethin. I must also think that since God has been taken out of our schools, we are now seeing children killing other children within the schools! Hell is about to break loose in America. You are so right about the government building up militarized forces against it’s own citizens. I have been saying this for over two years now, and I am afraid to say that it’s now coming to pass.
    God bless brother!

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