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Streets of Ferguson stay calm after violent nights

By Sara Burnett and Jim Salter

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Ferguson's streets were peaceful for a third night as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.

A small stream of protesters marched in the St. Louis suburb as night fell Friday, but instead of confrontations with police, several stopped to talk one-on-one with officers about the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown and tactics used by authorities during previous demonstrations.

While many residents are hopeful that tensions were waning and eager to end the disruptions to their lives caused by protests and police presence, some say they fear the community's anger could explode anew if the grand jury now considering the case doesn't return a charge against the officer, Darren Wilson.

"This officer has to be indicted. I'd hate to see what happens if he isn't. The rioting, the looting, man ...," said resident Larry Loveless, 29, as he stopped Friday at the memorial for Brown where he was killed.

St. Louis County prosecutors this week convened a grand jury to begin hearing evidence in the case, despite concerns among some in the community - including Brown's parents - that the office would not be impartial because of District Attorney Bob McCulloch's ties to law enforcement. McCulloch's father, mother and other relatives worked for St. Louis police, and his father was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect. He has said he will not remove himself from the case.

Considering the racial tensions of the case, even the makeup of the grand jury was being closely scrutinized. Two black women and one black man are on the 12-member panel, along with six white men and three white women, said Paul Fox, director of judicial administration for St. Louis County Circuit Court.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said she's pushing for the local investigation and a separate one being done by the federal government to be completed around the same time so that all evidence in the case can be made public - a step many consider important should prosecutors decide not to charge the officer. Her office said Friday that the Department of Justice hasn't given a timeline for the federal investigation, which centers on whether a civil rights violation occurred when officer Darren Wilson fatally shot the unarmed Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

Gov. Jay Nixon, in an interview Friday with the AP, didn't say if he agreed with McCaskill's call to conclude both investigations at the same time. He said the full focus is on seeking justice.

"To me it's one you've got to get right. Just got to get it right," he said.


Associated Press reporters Ryan J. Foley and Nigel Duara contributed to this report from Ferguson.

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kent_hern August 23 2014 at 7:11 AM

All civilizations are based on a system of laws.

No civilization in history of the world has upheld the notion that it's 18 year old members are immune from following the law, ...except Ferguson.

An 18 year old, 6'4", 290 pound thug, robs a store, menaces a store clerk, ten minutes later attacks a Police Officer, and the Citizens of Ferguson want to make him a hero.

Completely uncivilized!

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kkishb1999 August 23 2014 at 8:11 AM

Why did Holder not visit the Cop or the people who had their business burned and looted???? Prejudice???

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skydrop007 August 23 2014 at 8:10 AM

Sharpton must have left for another racial hate speech.

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mlbj77 August 23 2014 at 8:13 AM

and first, to hell with the governor who hasn't even shown his face in Ferguson and wrongfully said "We need justice for the Brown family"...what kind of msg is he sending....and then will the grand jury in fear of more riots and destruction find the officer guilty of something just to please the blacks in the community....funny how the justice system has all kind of twists and turns when it comes to racial issues...

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TB August 23 2014 at 8:17 AM

The word on the street is that the shoe store that was looting has been completely cleaned out. I guess they took everything except the work boots.

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Rick August 23 2014 at 8:28 AM

Quite a funny thing occurred several years ago when a BLACK man charged into the Kirkwood MO City Hall and killed 6 WHITE people. The honorable citizens of Kirkwood did not burn, loot, march, protest for justice. They let the law work. Unfortunately the assailant was killed during the exchange of gun fire. Just goes to show and prove there is a HUGE difference in a BLACK City verses a White city People are not all bad, colored people are not all bad it however is the select few and the Washington DC outsiders that make a bad situation what it is. Now that the DC influence has come and promised the Colored Populous what they have everything is currently OK. No one has yet to mention that the young man was killed due to a strong armed robbery attempt. Where was caught on tape and reported to police . He was a thief, but we honor thief's in America, again just look at DC.

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zombiedemocratfollower August 23 2014 at 9:16 AM

This is what happens after all the stores are done being looted.

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Axel August 23 2014 at 7:11 AM

The fear of these people burning their homes (not sure how many actually own their homes and the neighborhood is trivial to doing the right thing. More than likely the COP will be vindicated based on what info is currently available and the "Mob" won't like it. Then you must deal with the Thugs!

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Sarah Axel August 23 2014 at 4:30 PM

Axel - one of the things I would like to know is how all the so called "outsiders" came in so quickly, where do they get the funds to come by bus, train, planes as we heard on the News, who is funding them or large majority of them - & where do they stay?
If locals are putting them up, helping feed them, etc - then they should all be guilty of crimes - looting, stealing, burning & those who abet them - but no, the Gov made sure none of them would be caught or charged by taking the early authority away from the local Police.
What a wuss of a Gov - he ought to be removed from Office!

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ronaldwstanley Sarah August 23 2014 at 6:52 PM

I bet George Soros has something to do with the outsiders coming in, he has plenty of funds to make our country look bad for his communistic purposes.

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robroy30 August 23 2014 at 8:13 AM

Meanwhile in NY today, Sharpton is rebel rousing again gathering hundreds or thousands to march over the Verrazano Bridge. I am no fan of terrorist attacks coming to this country but if there has to be one....

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coopdabomb August 23 2014 at 4:16 PM

This crap has set blacks back fiftty years

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