Ferguson Police to Protesters: Stop Protesting Here At Night
Ferguson police are asking anyone who wants to assemble or protest in Ferguson to be gone by nightfall.
Ray Downs Protesters in Ferguson on Sunday.
Police say people who want to cause violence are taking over peaceful demonstrations late at night. Tuesday night's demonstration ended bloodily as two people were shot, one by a St. Louis County police officer, after hours of peaceful demonstrations.
Here's what police said:
We ask that any groups wishing to assemble in prayer or in protest do so only during daylight hours in an organized and respectful manner," the statement says. "We further ask all those wishing to demonstrate or assemble to disperse well before the evening hours to ensure the safety of the participants and the safety of our community. Unfortunately, those who wish to co-opt peaceful protests and turn them into violent demonstrations have been able to do so over the past several days during the evening hours. These events are not indicative of the City of Ferguson and its residents.
St. Louis County police have tried to block media from protest scenes by threatening them with arrest (and, in the Riverfront Times' case, hurling a can of tear gas at a reporter). On Tuesday the police ordered a no-fly zone for aircraft under 3,000 feet by saying demonstrators were shooting at a police helicopter Sunday night.