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Ferguson Police to Protesters: Stop Protesting Here At Night

Categories: Michael Brown

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Protesters in Ferguson on Sunday.
Ferguson police are asking anyone who wants to assemble or protest in Ferguson to be gone by nightfall.

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.

See all Riverfront Times coverage on Michael Brown's death and the Ferguson unrest.

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.

Here's the full statement:

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Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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Debbie Edmonds Pond
Debbie Edmonds Pond

Funny about the no fly zone. Jets were flying directly overhead yesterday. Perhaps they didn't get the memo

Chris Barlow
Chris Barlow

Answering a mob by an even bigger mob is no way to go through life, son.

Wayne Brekhus
Wayne Brekhus

Don't let the sun go down on you while protesting in Ferguson. Sundown Town.

Mark Poepsel
Mark Poepsel

Yeah but the first step to negating a protest is to dictate to the protestors when and where they can and can't speak. That's not how the First Amendment works.

Lisa Piper Barrett
Lisa Piper Barrett

The First Amendment Do NOT GIVE THEM THE RIGHT BURN AND STEAL....

Justin Wagner
Justin Wagner

First amendment protects the right to assemble. Sorry Ferguson PD, you can't control that

Chocalate Delite
Chocalate Delite

Awww I forgot the verdict has already BN read. MY POINT EXACTLYYYYY

Eric Farlow
Eric Farlow

Your page? We got a big problem if people are focusing on getting their feelings hurt by 'name calling' rather than sucking it up and having a real discussion. They're just words.

Jeanne Vaughn
Jeanne Vaughn

poor choice of words...My page is a family page. Name calling does not help in a discussion.

Roy Johnson
Roy Johnson

what do you expect people with TARGETS on their backs to DO then GENIUS?

Roy Johnson
Roy Johnson

They are ASKING them not to. Incite a riot RFT and YOU will be on that list of theirs!

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

Let people have their say. I am so tired of people being hushed. The more people are squashed down the harder they come up and lash out.

Mark Sullivan
Mark Sullivan

Looting and Rioting are not Free Speech, it's breaking the law, and the Police and City of Ferguson has the right to request that people refrain from this because some morons can't get it through their thick heads not to loot and riot, that is not covered under the first amendment. First amendment protection stops when you inhibit the rights of others. Looting and Rioting inhibits the rights of others

Kate Warden
Kate Warden

Ferguson, I hope you protest extra hard tonight.

Rick Geringer
Rick Geringer

Why don't some of you move to Ferguson. You can help straighten things out. I know there are people up there who would sell you their homes in a heartbeat. They want out of that crime infested area. And guess what, the crime is not due to the police officers.

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

That is a pretty ballsy statement from the Ferguson PD. I read it as...."we really cannot afford all this overtime, so knock it off!".... I think the public wants to hear from that PD....but they don't want statements like this. They want answers about the shooting.....the sooner the better.

Ricky Nelson
Ricky Nelson

Fuck the Police! They need to be like firemen and stay at the station until someones calls and asks for assistance instead of out causing problems that would not exist without their interference.

Melonie Brock
Melonie Brock

I hardly think anyone condones violence but it started with that cop and he had no right to take Michael Brown's life.

Melonie Brock
Melonie Brock

It's sad that such a message had to be sent but there is corruption and it has to stop. The police can't go shoot anyone they please. If this will bring positive change then I support it!

Steven Torlina
Steven Torlina

Riots aren't our fault its these people wanted to grab onto something so they could do stupid shit and when are we gonna stop defending piece of shit people that do crimes ot try and assault police or take there gun we shouldn't be praising bad behavior this new generation must not of been raised right

Steven Torlina
Steven Torlina

Daniel you're fucking retarded howv about when that white male was beaten to death up in ferguson with a hammer did you see any white people protesting no you didn't because we don't act fucking stupid also if this was a black that killed the guy not kid being as 18 isn't a kid you people wouldn't be protesting also to say its right to loot and beat up white people or steal is fucking stupid to say but you don't condone just kill yourself

Michael Wright
Michael Wright

God damn you illiterate pieces of trash.. go the fuck home. Your so fucking dumb.. you don't know what protesting is. And if more people wanna party like last night on my family friends front lawn... I'll be glad to run you the fuck over. Have a questionable day.. good luck getting answers. I love how all of idiots think the guy is white that shot little mike.

Sylvio Roberts
Sylvio Roberts

Ah fuck off Ferguson po-lice. Just cause you want to go home dosent mean other people are ready to give up

Don Lankford
Don Lankford

Bart read your post again, i believe the word peaceful is in there, and these protester are not being peaceful, they are being destructive...

Danie Greenlee
Danie Greenlee

Protesting is our right. Nowhere is it stated that we can only protest during day hours or only on Saturdays or whatever limitations they want to set. Here's my message: stop killing our youth. Stop abusing your power. These riots are your fault. I don't condone violence or destruction but history shows that oppression and desperation leads to uproar. This has been a long time coming.

Bianca Jordan Ann Hamm-hart
Bianca Jordan Ann Hamm-hart

Kelli this show how ignorant you are pure trailer trash. How about you go and travel the world. Expose yourself to all kinds of cultures. Obviously you never been out of Mo or America. What a ignorant fool lol

Ash Hinkle
Ash Hinkle

They can take that request fold it neatly and shove it right up their ass.

Jake VonderBruegge
Jake VonderBruegge

You douche bags need to back off Heather here, because she is 100% right. Maybe you should educate yourself, considering the tear gas WAS NOT fired into yards, but into the street at the screaming protestors (refusing to disperse) who were out at night just a block away from where the gas station was looted and burned down barely 24 hours earlier. The gas can't stay contained on just the street (not sure if you understand how gas works?) so it floated into some yards, where if those people had been in their homes and not out shouting at the police from their backyards there wouldn't be these bleeding heart complaints in the first place. You want to loot businesses and burn them down? It's your community, suffer the consequences. If there was just a little more hint of a general level of education up there I think people could wrap their heads around it a little better. But instead, they'll continue like animals to be violent and "demand answers" by gathering in the street. Don't these people have 9-5's they're supposed to be at anyway? Oh wait...

Maurice Person
Maurice Person

How many people that have commented in this have signed the petition to make it mandatory for cops to wear cameras?

Jim Clarida
Jim Clarida

Yup and they've been using it as an excuse ever since

pteske
pteske

The main question is did the people involved in the beating get arrested?  If they did get arrested, then there is no comparison.

hcoon1101
hcoon1101

Heather+coon is a fucking hooker and has herps and hepititas C from all the nasty

hcoon1101
hcoon1101

Heather Coon is one nasty fucking hooker she has hepititas c" and herps from all the nasty people she fucks as well as 6 kids and 4 different daddys. . she lies more than the president lol watch out for this low life succubus.

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