Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Protests Turn Tense Late Again; Ferguson Police Shooting

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Protests Turn Tense Late Again; Ferguson Police Shooting

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FERGUSON * Another day of peaceful protests turned tense late Tuesday as protesters again clashed with police on West Florissant Avenue.

As midnight approached, the street scene grew chaotic when someone threw a plastic water bottle at police officers. Police moved in quickly to make arrests. An officer on a loudspeaker told people to disperse immediately. One protester smashed a television crew's camera, ordering the cameraman to turn it off.

As police moved in to arrest one protester, other people threw water bottles at the assembling police officers.

A long line of police officers formed in the middle of the street, and a line of peacekeeping protesters joined arms in front of them to try to block troublemakers from police.

Just minutes before that clash, Pastor Herbert Thompson Jr. had led a prayer circle on the parking lot of Sam's Meat Market & More. A huge circle of protesters and media gathered around him.

Thompson, of the Ramoth City of Refuge Church of God in Christ in the Spanish Lake area, gave thanks for the peace that had lasted through the day even as several hundred people remained on the street to protest the death of teenager Michael Brown, who was fatally shot Aug. 9 by a city police officer. Brown's death has spurred daily protests near the shooting site.

"God, bring us together as one," Thompson prayed Tuesday night. "God, we need you right now. Bring us together, Lord."

At one point in the night, a blue mini train, nicknamed the "love train," wound its way down the street with some protesters aboard. Some officers smiled as it drove by.

The street scene also included someone handing out roses, and several members of the clergy mingling with the crowd .

Police had stayed on the edges of the protest area.

Earlier in the day, Brown family attorney Anthony Gray said the funeral and public memorial for Brown will take place Monday morning. …

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