Police in the St. Louis area are bracing for potentially hostile protests this weekend, reports the city’s Post-Dispatch. Officers have been placed on 12-hour shifts, and vacations have been cancelled in some departments. Mervyn Marcano, a spokesman for Ferguson October: A Weekend of Resistance, said he expects 6,000 to 10,000 people to protest the Aug. 9 police killing of an unarmed black teenager in suburban Ferguson.
New protests erupted after a moonlighting St. Louis police officer shot and killed a black teenager on Wednesday night in the Shaw neighborhood. Police said Vonderrit Myers Jr. fired three shots at the off-duty officer before he was killed. Police arrested eight people in Shaw protests Thursday night and early Friday. Police said one officer was hurt after being hit in the arm by a brick. Two police cars were damaged, and protesters blocked traffic, broke windows of at least one home and a business and burned American flags.