officer gives water to a detained protester after they
blocked rush-hour traffic in both directions on
Interstate 70 near the Blanchette Bridge in Earth
City, Mo., Monday, Aug. 10, 2015.
Mo. — Police arrested nearly two dozen people in Ferguson
during a protest that stretched into early Tuesday marking
the anniversary of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael
Brown, although there was no repeat of the violence that
scarred weekend demonstrations.
no shots fired and no burglaries, looting or property damage
during the protest along West Florissant Avenue, county
police spokesman Shawn McGuire said. The St. Louis suburb
thoroughfare was the focus of months of massive protests and
sometimes violent unrest last summer after the killing of
Brown by a Ferguson police officer.
Monday night, no smoke or tear gas was used, and no police
or civilians reported injuries, McGuire said in a statement.
By 1 a.m., the crowd and police were heading home.
said approximately 23 arrests were made, though police were
still confirming official totals.
Sunday, a protest in the same area was interrupted by
gunfire and a police shooting that left an 18-year-old
suspect critically injured. The violence set Ferguson on
edge and had protest leaders worried that tensions could
escalate. St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger declared
a state of emergency that authorized county Police Chief Jon
Belmar to take control of police emergency management in and
and protesters face off along West Florissant Avenue,
Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson was a
community on edge again Monday, a day after a protest
marking the anniversary of Michael Brown's death was
punctuated with gunshots.
Monday evening, hundreds of protesters were chanting,
beating drums and carrying signs. When some in the group
moved into a traffic lane, officers in riot gear forced
people out of the street. Some demonstrators threw water
bottles and other debris at officers.
not going to take the street tonight," Belmar told The
Associated Press: "That's not going to happen."
also cropped up outside Ferguson. Almost 60 people,
including scholar and civil rights activist Cornel West,
were arrested around midday Monday for blocking the entrance
to the federal courthouse in downtown St. Louis. Another
group later briefly blocked Interstate 70 during the late
afternoon rush hour, with an additional 64 arrests,
according to McGuire.
resident and military veteran Hershel Myers Jr., 46,
criticized the police response as aggressive and
Sunday night demonstration, tensions escalated after several
hundred people gathered in the street, ignoring repeated
warnings to get to the sidewalk or face arrest. Several
gunshots rang out from an area near a strip of stores,
including some that had been looted moments earlier. The
shots sent protesters and reporters running for cover.
Louis County Police arrest people along West
Florissant Avenue, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, in Ferguson,
Mo. Ferguson was a community on edge again Monday, a
day after a protest marking the anniversary of Michael
Brown's death was punctuated with gunshots.
he believed there were six shooters, including 18-year-old
Tyrone Harris Jr., who the police chief said opened fire on
been watching Harris during the protest out of concern that
he was armed, he said.
gunfire, Harris crossed the street and apparently spotted
plainclothes officers arriving in an unmarked van with
distinctive red and blue police lights, Belmar said. Police
said the suspect shot into the windshield of the van.
officers in the van fired back, then pursued him on foot.
The suspect again fired on the officers when he became
trapped in a fenced-in area, Belmar said, and all four
in critical condition after surgery Monday. Prosecutors
announced 10 charges against him — five counts of armed
criminal action, four counts of first-degree assault on a
law enforcement officer and a firearms charge. All 10 are
officers in the van were wearing protective vests and
escaped injury. They were not wearing body cameras, Belmar
father called the police version of events "a bunch of
Harris Sr. told The Associated Press that two girls who were
with his son told him the 18-year-old was unarmed. They said
he had been drawn into a dispute involving two groups of
young people and was "running for his life" after
the gunfire broke out. He said his son was a close friend of
Michael Brown and was in Ferguson on Sunday night to pay
son was running to the police to ask for help, and he was
shot," Harris said. "It's all a bunch of lies ...
They're making my son look like a criminal."
court records show that Tyrone Harris Jr. was charged in
November with stealing a motor vehicle and a gun, as well as
resisting arrest by fleeing. A court hearing in that case is
scheduled for Aug. 31.
the suspect who fired on officers used a stolen
semi-automatic 9 mm gun.