Ferguson residents demand justice in teen's death
FERGUSON, Missouri – After days of unrest following the killing of Michael Brown — the unarmed 18-year-old who was gunned down by a Missouri police officer Saturday afternoon — large groups of residents continued to demand justice this week in the city of Ferguson.
Several hundred police officers confronted crowds for a second night on Monday, as peaceful day protests turned violent and authorities arrested 15 people by nighttime. There were reports of tear gas fired, as well as taunting and yelling from drivers toward police as they passed various intersections, according to NBC News’ Ron Allen.
Riots first broke out Sunday night after a candlelight vigil. Police arrested 32 people in Ferguson, where individuals smashed car windows, broke into stores, and set fire to a business following Brown’s death. Peaceful protesters marched from the Ferguson fire station along a nearby street for the duration of Monday, at times coming face-to-face with shielded police officers who formed a barricade that spanned across the road.
Ferguson authorities have allowed for the protests, but Chief Tom Jackson warned that officers would shut down the rallies if they became violent. Residents planned to hold a similar demonstration Tuesday outside of the prosecuting attorney’s office in nearby Clayton.