Police in Ferguson Arrest Several Protesters
Hours after Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri imposed a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew on Saturday in this small city, a group of protesters defied the order and violence flared briefly on Sunday morning, after a week of demonstrations over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.
A clash between the protesters and dozens of police officers in riot gear began less than 30 minutes after the curfew took effect and ended about 45 minutes later with the arrest of seven people, all charged with “failure to disperse.”
The protesters had moved toward the officers — some of whom rode in armored vehicles — and chanted : “We are Mike Brown! We have the right to assemble peacefully!” invoking the name of the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer.
“You are violating the state-imposed curfew,” an officer told the demonstrators as rain, heavy at times, passed through the area.