Ferguson, MO, United States (4E) – Protests over the police shooting dead of a black teen in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson continued for the fourth day Wednesday as police urged demonstrators to rally only at daytime.
About 30 mostly black protesters walked down West Florissant Avenue while chanting “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” and sat down in the middle of an intersection under guard from white riot policemen. There was no confrontation despite protesters shouting profanities and raising middle fingers at one officer.
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson issued a statement Wednesday calling on protesters to rally only during daylight hours to ensure the safety of the community. The call follows Sunday’s rioting, looting and vandalizing of shops and burning of a gas station near the site of the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by a police officer on Saturday.
Witnesses said Brown was unarmed and his arms were raised when he was shot several times by the officer trying to arrest him. The shooter, whose name was being withheld due to threats to his life and family, claims they struggled before he was forced to open fire.
After Sunday’s violence, the next two nights saw police firing tear gas an unruly protesters. A St. Louis County police officer shot and critically wounded a man for pointing a shotgun at him near the site of the Brown shooting early Wednesday morning. The encounter near the intersection of West Florissant Avenue and Chambers Road happened after St. Louis police responded to calls that armed, ski masked men were in the area and gun fires were heard.
A woman was also shot in the head and wounded during a drive-by shooting near the QuikTrip gas station that was looted and burned over the weekend. Police are looking for four suspects in the shooting.