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Police Ease Up On Ferguson Protesters, But Reasons for Protest Not Forgotten

Categories: Michael Brown

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Protesters were able to protest freely Thursday.
Police on West Florissant Avenue Thursday were hugging and taking selfies with smiling protesters. It was a stark difference from the previous nights, which saw protesters screaming insults at officers in riot gear, who would then march down Ferguson streets with armored trucks, firing rubber bullets and lobbing tear gas, including at people in their own back yard.

Despite the good cheer and photo-ops, many local residents and protesters Thursday told Daily RFT that though the mood was more positive, the reasons for coming out to protest in the first place are still very much on their minds.

See all Riverfront Times coverage of Michael Brown and Ferguson.

Flora Busby, who lives on a side street that runs adjacent to West Florissant, where the protests have been taking place since Sunday, is not too happy with the police these days. After all, police threw tear gas into her back yard Monday night while she was in it. Daily RFT was there to capture the moment, seen below. Busby comes in toward the end to see what the commotion is about. She's in her sixties and had to suddenly run to avoid getting hit by an incoming tear-gas canister.

As Busby sat on her front porch Thursday, the sounds of protesters shouting and cars honking dominated the well-kept, tree-lined street, but it was a welcome difference from the previous nights.

Still, she says, the problems with the police around here run deep.

"It was just a matter of time before something happened," said Busby, who has lived in Ferguson for twenty years. "The Ferguson police are so crazy. All they do is harass all these youngsters around here. They harass everybody for no reason."

She spoke of herself and relatives getting constantly pulled over and talked down to by police officers. In Ferguson almost 90 percent of traffic stops are black drivers. Black people make up 63 percent of the city's population.

But despite the problems put upon her by both the police and the protests, she's optimistic about the police situation improving.

"I think it's gonna change," she said. "It should. If it don't, it should. From darkness, comes light, you know?"

Standing on West Florissant Avenue taking in all the lively protesters waving signs and shouting chants, Stacey Burnaugh said it might have been like this all along if the police didn't come into the neighborhood looking like an invading army.

"The militarization is the main factor," he said. "It instigated people to allegedly throw things. It's the main factor in amping up the anger. But I also think it's the main factor in the turnout today. So while they think they can intimidate us with their military-style oppression of the people that pay for it, all it does is inspire us more."

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Tyrone Austin
Tyrone Austin

non valiance actions must be taken while we spread the facts of this matter The STL County 911 tape http://youtu.be/zta9FyoA7TU The shoplifting incident never came over the radio. The shots fired was the cop shooting, Fox2Now reported it to Ferguson Police, Published on Aug 15, 2014 A woman named "Josie" calls in to tell Dana Darren Williams side of the story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzBdY6WXeRE&feature=youtu.be KARMA ..... KARMA ,,,, Things like this always come back to bite you. Mike pushed the store clerk by the neck the cop grab Mike by the neck. lol Karma....... Let's just say "CAUSE & EFFECT". Because a broke kid went to the store to get some rellows (but had enough for weed) on his way back home to smoke , He meat up with this cop name Darrel Wilson. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbPbX76cOVQ

Dan Kreitman
Dan Kreitman

Brenda look up revised Missouri state laws. Are you kidding me, he didn't shop lift. Ask that poor clerk making 8 bucks an hour if he thought it was violent. I did watch the video, he committed a strong armed robbery, a very serious felony in this state. He does not have to be armed in a robbery and doesn't have to be armed to be shot. He attacked a police officer after a robbery. On top of that he was hailed a gentle giant by all. He was far from that. Transparency was given but no one can say oh maybe we should have waited for the facts!

Brenda Denton Langbein
Brenda Denton Langbein

Where does it say anywhere that he was armed when he shoplifted? Did you even watch the video? It was far from a violent armed robbery.

Gregg Tiemann
Gregg Tiemann

RFT, where's your coverage of the looting from this morning ?

Dan Kreitman
Dan Kreitman

There are thousands departments that don't have dash cams, they are very expensive to buy and maintain and most dash cams are not activated unless you active your emergency lights. Lots of blame being placed on this or that. What proof do we have as we go through another day of this crap? We have a video proofing that the gentle giant is a robbery who bullied and terrorizes an innocent store clerk, a police officer who received serious facial injures from being hit by this gentle giant and a dead suspect. Just those three facts alone, good shoot, end of story let's move on!

Erik Olsen
Erik Olsen

Ferguson PD refused to bother to upgrade the dash cams that would allow the use of body cams. Had there been video or audio there would NOT have been any action last Sunday and SLCPD would not have written off this area in their note earlier today.

Paul Hammock
Paul Hammock

Prove that he had his hands up. I don't trust Dorian Johnson's word. He lied...and robbed a store. I want to see video of Brown with his hands up.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Held up? WTF are you taking about? The store owner was in the bathroom. He did not even call 911, a customer did.

Dawn Rednour
Dawn Rednour

All I have to say is I'm so done with this story for awhile..Too much info(half which isn't true)& I'm burnt out from it.I'm just going to sit back and wait for the truth..Because we all know that's all that matters

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

ray... show me proof that he's actually dead.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"unless there's more to the story" did you see the photo of him robbing a store?

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

or when jay-z and beyonce' call it quits.

Amanda Counts
Amanda Counts

What about the innocent lives taken by gang members?

Lynn Wagner
Lynn Wagner

Has everyone forgot the comment the Johnson kid made on camera that Brown was reaching in his pocket? I would love to find that video back. Proves his story has changed. He said he was reaching i his pocket for his phone, but maybe the officer thought it was a gun. I want to say it was on ksdk, bc that is what I viewed the most when it first happened.

Christina Brown Lopez
Christina Brown Lopez

Black, white, brown..it don't matter what color u are...u wanna act like an animal..u better damn well expect to get treated like one!!!

Brian Hampe
Brian Hampe

Every one on here is getting caught up in the half ass journalism, no body knows what happend... Let's wait and see what the science uncovers before you say he was "gunned down like an animal" or the that the officer was in the right... they brought the FBI in to help with the investigation for a reason, they will get to the bottom of it... it's not going to be "JUSTICE RIGHT NOW" like all the nut jobs are demanding... for every "witness" that surfaces as this goes on that says he had his hands up, the investigators have a "witness" claiming he attacked the officer, they just aren't speaking to the public... Let's wait it out folks, the truth will come out

Kirsten Mazzanti
Kirsten Mazzanti

I guess it will come out in the ballistics. But what if he didn't? Then what?

Greg Wilson
Greg Wilson

If he did indeed have his hands up when he was shot, then nothing else matters.

Donna Glass
Donna Glass

The robbery was minutes before the shooting. .. New mantra for upstanding Ferguson people "hands up - don't rob us"

Robert G Andrews
Robert G Andrews

What about the story now about the ROBBERY that was committed a few hours before the police caught up with Michael Brown?

Dameon Carter
Dameon Carter

They will be out there everyday because they don't work a job!! They rob and steal/ sell drugs.

aintacrow
aintacrow

"So while they think they can intimidate us with their military-style oppression of the people...all it does is inspire us more."

Jorge Montoya
Jorge Montoya

RFT--you are stating he had his hands up. Show everyone. Riverfront Times

Jayden Mckenzie
Jayden Mckenzie

So what more justice do you want for the shop owner. Should Mikes parents have to pay for the stolen merchandise? Smh

Jayden Mckenzie
Jayden Mckenzie

According to you the thief was shot dead. Is that not harsh enough punishment or something? What do you mean,"Where's the justice?" Jesus.

Dan Kreitman
Dan Kreitman

Michael Brown killed Michael Brown, PERIOD! Personal accountability is what this is about. He committed a violent robbery, then resisted the lawful orders of a police officer. He WAS NOT shot 8 times and has serious physical injuries to prove he was assaulted by the gentle armed robber. It's disgusting that this criminal is being made out to be hero. Stop the insanity and go get a job people!

Ray Roy
Ray Roy

It's not speculation to say Michael Brown should not have been gunned down like an animal.

Ray Roy
Ray Roy

Said the speculator.

Kirsten Mazzanti
Kirsten Mazzanti

Not anyone one of us can say that he was innocent. Unarmed or not. None of us were there. Only the cop the lying witness and the deceased. All the rioting and looting and protesting is all based on speculation. The investigation isn't even close to being done. So unless you were there all you have is speculation.

Andrew G Fritschle
Andrew G Fritschle

Where is the justice for the QT they burned and all of the property damage to other businesses and looting.

Kimberly Gross
Kimberly Gross

And when I say "understandable" I mean they have the right to but not that I agree they should be.

Kimberly Gross
Kimberly Gross

How do all of these people have time to stand outside and protest all week long? Not that it's not understandable or that they don't have the right to but are they planning on doing this indefinitely??

Dawn Rednour
Dawn Rednour

And don't get me wrong,I am from St.Louis and I've seen the bad on both sides of the stick but don't rob a place then cry I'm unarmed, don't shoot.That doesn't justify the cop shooting unless there's more to the story that the witness are omitting to make it look worse than it does

Jeana Poertner
Jeana Poertner

At 22 years old, the best way to protest stereotypes is to rise above the violence and anger. Get an education, be part of the solution and not the problem.

Dawn Rednour
Dawn Rednour

So to all those bitching bout justice...Where's the justice for the shop owner who was robbed? Hmmm??

Kim Robison
Kim Robison

He had his hands up kneeling in surrender and ran from the cop at the same Time? Bc his theiving accomplice would have no reason to lie.....right.

Dawn Rednour
Dawn Rednour

I understand allegedly he was unarmed at the time of the shooting but he was not innocent as he robbed a place before the shooting.So I say justice for all, not jus the teen who lost his life.My opinion

Ray Roy
Ray Roy

Link to proof they robbed a store please. Also, none of that matters, an unarmed human being should not be gunned down like an animal. And police who have not been given military grade training should not be given military grade equipment.

aintacrow
aintacrow

so while media and journos were amazed at the happy cop selfies, protesters were still thinking about and justice. as expected.

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