U.S. Police Come Under Gunfire, Arrest 31 in Missouri Racial Unrest
It’s notable that some of the people arrested are from California and New York - now that Ferguson has stayed in the news this long it’s drawing people with good intent and some with bad intentions from afar. A media spotlight draws all sorts. some are activists, some are agitators.
RCP agitators were there, and like Black Block agitators, they try to escalate any demonstration from bad to worse and then split to leave others holding the bag; but last night some of them got arrested.
U.S. police said early on Tuesday they came under heavy gunfire and arrested 31 people during another night of racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman 10 days ago.
Demonstrations, mostly peaceful but with spasms of violence by smaller groups, have flared since Michael Brown, 18, was shot dead while walking down a residential street on August 9.
State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, briefing reporters on Monday’s night’s violence, said “our officers came under heavy gunfire” in one area.
“Not a single bullet was fired by officers despite coming under heavy attack,” he told a news conference. Riot police had confiscated two guns from protesters and what looked like a petrol bomb. Four officers had been injured.