Live Blog: 31 Arrested, 2 Shot, Police Under Attack in Ferguson
9:50 p.m. - Uh oh, things are changing rapidly. Sound cannons are going off. Here's what happened:
The crowd swells as protesters march toward police during their moving protest, and things quickly become tense. Someone throws a rock. Police form a line, and things calm down for a second.
Then the trucks come out and over the megaphone, protesters hear: "Disperse now! Back up now!" Debris is thrown at police.
Now the sound cannon is going off. Riot cops are gathering with wooden batons but no heavy weapons, says RFT reporter Danny Wicentowski.
Order to disperse or face arrest has been given, sound cannon ringing pic.twitter.com/IlaSrlbNm5— Ryan Devereaux (@rdevro) August 19, 2014
Protesters crowding cop line. Police ordering media to "seperate yourselves from crowd" #Ferguson— Danny Wicentowski (@D_Towski) August 19, 2014
9:45 p.m. - From Riverfront Times reporter Ray Downs: "Only businesses open are barber shop and burger joint. You can still get a snack and a shape-up."
Captain Ron Johnson is updating the press and says things are much more low-key tonight: "Today we have more community leaders out here. Some are just mothers and fathers. Sisters and daughters are out here helping, asking people to leave the protest in peace."
Ray Downs A family giving out free food to protesters Monday night.
9:30 p.m. - Students in Ferguson were supposed to start school Thursday. Now, classes are cancelled all week. This is a tough break for families who depend on free or reduced breakfast and lunch programs, especially with local stores closed or limited by looting and unrest in the neighborhood.
Danny Wicentowski Protesters move south on West Florissant Road. They have to keep moving or risk arrest.
So far, things on the ground in Ferguson are peaceful. A fight led to two arrests, but overall the streets seem to be clearing as activists urge demonstrators to go home.
Arrest just made in street.— Maria Altman (@radioaltman) August 19, 2014
Kid about 11y/o on a bike, wearing a surgical mask. #Ferguson— Ray Downs (@RayDowns) August 19, 2014
Street emptying. "If you're not press, you gotta go!" Officer yells. Tells people to keep it moving. #Ferguson— Valerie Schremp Hahn (@valeriehahn) August 19, 2014
Protesters now allowed to march to Chambers, about 1 mile more of space #Ferguson— Ray Downs (@RayDowns) August 19, 2014
Tonight in #Ferguson so different from last night. People out focusing on the protest, no tear gas by police.— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) August 19, 2014
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