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Of 163 arrests since shooting, 7 from Ferguson, Mo.


By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER and JIM SALTER

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Unrest in Ferguson since Michael Brown's death has resulted in 163 arrests in the area where protesters have gathered nightly, and although the majority of those arrested are Missourians just seven live in the St. Louis suburb where the shooting occurred, authorities said Thursday.

St. Louis County spokeswoman Candace Jarrett provided the arrest list, the crimes they are charged with, and their addresses and years of birth. Many are from communities near Ferguson, but just seven are from Ferguson, where a white police officer shot the black 18-year-old on Aug. 9.

The shooting has spurred protests, along with looting and rioting. Police have come under gunfire and been targeted with Molotov cocktails and bricks. They've also been accused of instances of heavy-handedness and unnecessary arrests, including some journalists.

Most of the arrests have been shortly before and after midnight. The tally shows that 128 people have been cited for failure to disperse, 21 for burglary-related charges, four for assaulting police officers. Others were charged with crimes such as trespassing, peace disturbance and destruction of private property.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, in charge of securing Ferguson, said just six people were arrested at protests Wednesday night, compared to 47 the previous night, providing hope among law enforcement leaders that tensions may be beginning to ease.

A grand jury on Wednesday began considering evidence to determine whether the officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson, should be charged. A spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said there was no timeline for the process, but it could take weeks.

A group of clergy leaders planned a protest Thursday outside the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton, joining the call for McCulloch to step aside in favor of a special prosecutor. McCulloch's deep family connections to police have been cited by some who question his ability to be impartial. McCulloch's father, mother, brother, uncle and cousin all worked for the St. Louis Police Department, and his father was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect.

The prosecutor, who is white, has insisted his background will have no bearing on the handling of the Brown case.

Meanwhile, St. Louis police released video showing officers killing a knife-wielding man on Tuesday. The video shows the man saying, "Kill me now" as he moved toward two officers. Both fired six shot, killing the man, 25-year-old Kajieme Powell.

The incident happened in north St. Louis, about five miles from where Brown was shot. The St. Louis shooting briefly spurred a gathering of about 150 people who chanted, "Hands up, don't shoot," a chant that has become common among protesters in Ferguson.

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birdysss August 21 2014 at 2:46 PM

What difference does it make as to where they live. It wasn't Asians, Guys with Red hair and Freckles, Those who speak urdue. Its the same ones anytime there's an opportunity to steal. Be it Katrina, Los Angeles, The Bulls winning a Championship. Do you honestly believe the majority of those who stole, cared at all about LIL 6''$ 300lb Mike Brown. And blacks in the media, clergy, Pro Sports, liberals, don't have the guts to admit, those who acted that way, are a lost useless, race. With nothing to bring to society ever. Not all! most.

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blackbelt.ron August 21 2014 at 3:11 PM

Of the 163 arrests,
How many were NOT black?
Maybe one???
M.L. King would say
"judge not by color of skin
but by content of character"..
Unfortunately,
Both color and content seem to always match the black culture.
Why is that so consistently true?

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bambi4318.barbara August 21 2014 at 2:45 PM

What do these protestors have in common: race, unemployed, new flat-scren TV's, new sneakers and a large stock of beer.

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rdh53 August 21 2014 at 2:45 PM

Freeken racial agitators, black panthers, nation of islam, al sharpton, all trying to destroy the area with hate, and an occasional new TV.

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Vimala Nowlis August 21 2014 at 2:44 PM

What the crap do they care about Ferguson or Brown?
It's just a great opportunity to the criminal elements in the black community to riot, burn, pillage, destroy, smash and grab, free for all shopping spree.
Racist? You bet. These criminals are the biggest racists. They duck under cover that they are black and give all black people in America a bad name.

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Sharon August 21 2014 at 2:42 PM

And, this surprises who? People that are from an area, usually aren't going to destroy their home turf.

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mquam14891 August 21 2014 at 2:45 PM

there Al Sharpton possy...
sell t-shirts and collect donations by day
riot and loot by night

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coopdabomb August 21 2014 at 2:44 PM

You don't think anyone believes the black scum care about what happened do you? They are just there to cause trouble loot and riot.

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jrc22552 August 21 2014 at 2:42 PM

Just in case anyone thinks that insurance will cover losses suffered by businesses from looting, the answer is that it does not. "Civil Disturbance" is specifically exempted form coverage on standard for policies.

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calderasf August 21 2014 at 2:43 PM

We see the same thing in Oakland outsiders come in wearing their masks and destroy innocent people's property for fun

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