PHOTOS: Weekend Clashes in Ferguson Leave Residents Searching for Hope

Categories: Michael Brown

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All photos by Danny Wicentowski
Protesters who violated last night's midnight curfew were treated to a violently familiar police response.
After Friday night's chaos in Ferguson, the atmosphere here returned to uncertainty, fear and anger. A quick recap: On Thursday, police authority in Ferguson shifted from the St. Louis County Police Department to Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Johnson boosted residents' hopes that a less militarized, more communicative police force could eliminate the heavy-handed police tactics -- like the use of tear gas -- seen in previous days. Those hopes seemed to bear out Thursday night, when West Florissant Avenue played host to a spontaneous, non-violent block party.

Then Friday night rolled around, and residents watched horrified as looters again ransacked local businesses. So when locals and demonstrators returned to West Florissant on an overcast Saturday afternoon, their outlook was understandably cloudy as well.

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Bikers led hundreds protesters down West Florissant Avenue early Saturday afternoon.
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"The looting and shit is taking away attention on what the main focus here should be, and that should be that an unarmed black male was killed, in the street with his hands up," said Eric, a 23-year-old Ferguson resident and father of one. He requested Daily RFT not print his last name.

"I think everybody else is spending more time reporting on looting and the acts of few instead of focusing on the acts of many," he said.

Eric was standing near the charred remains of the QuikTrip on West Florissant Avenue, which had been torched by looters the day after Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed eighteen-year-old Michael Brown.

Since then, various organizations have stepped up to provide food and water to protesters and residents. When Daily RFT arrived at the QuikTrip, volunteers were barbecuing and cleaning the area of trash.

"Look how all these black young people out here," Eric said. "You got people out here straight supporting each other, you got black people out here unifying, right here and trying to make the best out of a bad situation."

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Yet, Eric said he struggles to remain positive. The influx of support to Ferguson has also drawn activists and ideological groups from all over St. Louis -- not to mention the country. There are too many voices, and no one to direct them.

"All these people are coming here, and there's no leader here. You got the Nation of Islam here, you got the Black Panthers, you got the pastors and the different preachers that's out here. You got young people that's out here trying to lead."


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Mary Watson
Mary Watson

Racists uniting in a campaign of racial hatred....just lowlife scum

Scott Parkinson
Scott Parkinson

All of the of those trying to do good is dashed away with those looting & shooting. The truth is now coming out, you think it's bad now, wait till the officer isn't charged. It's going to take years for our city to get past the stigma of theses riots.

John Heidbrink
John Heidbrink

Hey RFT... You are at least in part responsible for the riots, given your irresponsible reporting. Only KSDK has surpassed you in in negligence. Your free paper is overpriced.

Grant Smith
Grant Smith

Enough games, lock up all of the hoodlums and looters. Zero tolerance for these pieces of garbage that hold no respect for the rule of law. Black culture and their "blame the world mentality" is worthless and everywhere it spreads leaves violence and crime in it wake. They have no respect for themselves and the rest of society.

Travis Holmes
Travis Holmes

All I want is peace for my city. Imperfect as St. Louis is, it's still my home.

Grant Smith
Grant Smith

To the black community, please be aware, your response to supposed heavy handed policing (looting, rioting, and assaulting police officers) gives the rest of society solid reinforcement as to why we should not live around you and heavy handed tactics should be used. Look at any statics involving the black community across the USA and they are utterly appalling in every category.

John Blecha
John Blecha

No, Roy Johnson Theyre are plenty of awful whites and same for great blacks. We need to unify as a WORKING CLASS, We are all brothers and sisters, we are all the 99%

John Blecha
John Blecha

Unifying for the wrong reasons... just black people.. just awful. We're all people, even cops are human. Seeing color is exactly what THE MAN wants. way to feed the 1% "black" people.

John Blecha
John Blecha

Hope will be not advocating this BS anymore. Show some witness accounts. Brown was charging the officer, was shot multiple times.. AND KEPT CHARGING!! it took one to the head to put that swlf proclaimed "gangsta" down. He was a blood btw.

Roy Johnson
Roy Johnson

I think we all know the answer to that.

Roy Johnson
Roy Johnson

Can white people protest and march for Darren Wilson, WITHOUT being SHOT by blacks?

Roy Johnson
Roy Johnson

They don't want JUSTICE, they WANT SUPERIORITY and our own Gov. is leading in their racist ways.

Roy Johnson
Roy Johnson

And yet NEVER will you find ONE single black person supporting this officer or ANYONE white when it comes to black anything.

Jenna Silva
Jenna Silva

Exactly! Looters cause many bad situations! :( Peace b with everyone!

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