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National Guard to withdraw from a quieter Ferguson

BY ALAN SCHER ZAGIER AND JIM SALTER

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The streets of Ferguson were peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions were subsiding in the St. Louis suburb where unrest had erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Gov. Jay Nixon also ordered the Missouri National Guard, which arrived Monday, to begin withdrawing as flare-ups have been easing. Police have made only a handful of arrests in the protest area on the past two nights.

"I feel we're making progress," Nixon told KMOX-AM, noting that a state of emergency remained in effect in Ferguson.

About 100 people gathered Thursday evening, walking in laps near the spot where Michael Brown was shot on Aug. 9. Some were in organized groups, such as clergy members. Police said there had been seven arrests, mainly for failure to disperse. That compares with six on Wednesday night and 47 the previous night - providing hope among law enforcement leaders that tensions were beginning to wane.

Several protesters were still calling Thursday night for St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch to be removed from the case. Some question McCulloch's ability to be unbiased since his father, mother and other relatives worked for St. Louis police. His father was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect.

McCulloch reiterated Thursday that he has no intentions of stepping aside, and urged Nixon to decide once and for all if he will act on the calls for his ouster. While Nixon said this week he is not asking McCulloch to recuse himself, a McCulloch aide, Ed Magee, said the governor `didn't take an actual position one way or the other."

McCulloch said in a statement Nixon must "end this distraction" or risk a delay in resolving the investigation.

A grand jury began considering evidence this week to determine whether the officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson, should be charged. Magee said there was no timeline for the process, but it could take weeks.

Federal authorities have also launched an independent investigation into Brown's death, and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill told The Associated Press that all of the physical evidence from the case was being flown Thursday from St. Louis to the FBI forensics lab in Quantico, Virginia. The evidence includes shell casings and trajectories, blood patterns and clothing, the Missouri Democrat said.

"The only thing you have to test the credibility of eyewitnesses to a shooting like this is in fact the physical evidence," McCaskill said. "I'm hopeful the forensic evidence will be clear and will shed a lot more light on what the facts were."

McCaskill also announced that next month she will lead a Senate hearing to look into the militarization of local police departments after criticism of the earlier law enforcement response to the protests in Ferguson.

Authorities said before Thursday night they had arrested at least 163 people in the protest area where demonstrations have been held since Brown's death. Data provided Thursday by St. Louis County showed that while the majority of those arrested are Missouri residents, just seven live in Ferguson. The vast majority, 128 people, were cited for failure to disperse. Twenty-one face burglary-related charges.

About 5 miles from where Brown was killed, another fatal police-involved shooting happened this week in St. Louis. Police released video showing a knife-wielding man saying, "Kill me now" as he moved toward two officers. The officers fired six shots each, killing 25-year-old Kajieme Powell.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said he wanted to move quickly to make public as much information as possible. By Wednesday he had provided media with cellphone video of the shooting, the 911 call, dispatch tapes and surveillance video from a nearby store.

"I think the lessons learned from Ferguson were so crystal clear," Dotson said.

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patriot1too August 22 2014 at 6:28 AM

The lawless looting thugs there require monitoring and the police should have a built up presense there always to maintain order and stop thug lawlessness each day. They have shown what that are about. When that 6ft 3, 300 lb thug who had just commited strong arm robbery attacked the policeman and injured him the cop had no choice but to put him down. In comes the media smelling blood and spin doctoring, the race pimps sharpton, eric holder and the racist thug gangs like black panthers and nation of islam thugs. The cop is innocent. The thugs never use logic or look at facts. Just victim wannabe racist nonsense for self gain and unearned profit.

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patriot1too August 22 2014 at 7:26 AM

The officer is the only victim. The 6-3, 300 lb thug who had just commited strong arm robbery and then attacked the policeman is the real bad guy in all this. Look at the facts folks.

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rwatson322 patriot1too August 22 2014 at 11:06 AM

That's what the real Story is, the Thug thought the Officer knew he Robbed the store so the thug wanted his gun to kill him!

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Carol rwatson322 August 22 2014 at 3:02 PM

rwatson - and that's exactly why Ron Johnson should be FIRED. He reported to the public that the video of Brown robbing the store should not have been released, because it has nothing to do with the shooting incident. What an ASS! It had EVERYTHING to do with it. It speaks to the desperate mindset of Brown and his corresponding actions. Johnson has only himself to blame for the riots.

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are.we.better.off.now August 22 2014 at 8:20 AM

Are all the stores looted?
Is there nothing left to steal?

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Silent Hill August 22 2014 at 9:27 AM

I don't know what people there were hoping to accomplish looting and burning their little town to the ground.

When all is said and done, they still have to live there. I feel sorry for any good people who live there.

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Karin Silent Hill August 22 2014 at 10:50 AM

The town wasn't 'burned to the ground'. Try some fact finding before you make inane statements.

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Carol Karin August 22 2014 at 3:16 PM

Karin - "burned to the ground" is just a figure of speech. It means the place is a disaster

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djeaninew1066 Silent Hill August 22 2014 at 2:09 PM

The sad thing is learning that most of the looting animals were imported. Seems like the National Guard needs to stay and setup residency checkpoints.

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fox12ga August 22 2014 at 6:51 AM

They need to shoot more black commiting crimes the prisons are to full of them now

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coopdabomb August 22 2014 at 6:52 AM

I have never seen anything like this crap. All this will be is another failed attempt to calm the animals.

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kerrlakeroo August 22 2014 at 6:57 AM

Using these morons claim that the Prosecutor must recuse himself is a joke, if you use that argument, then no black can ever take an active role in any case, as a prosecutor or Law enforcement officer since 90% of the crimes are black on black.

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b4score August 22 2014 at 7:42 AM

Yes. Lets pacify the animales. What about the black police office who shot an unarmed white boy? I did not see the white people taking to the streets and rioting.

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renner1234 August 22 2014 at 8:39 AM

Sorry:

But it is also time for Sharpton and Holder to leave Ferguson.

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