Police Commander Sees ‘Turning Point’ in Ferguson


The confrontations between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., continued for the 11th day on Tuesday night, reports the Washington Post. At about midnight, the streets near where Michael Brown was killed by a police officer on Aug. 9 grew tense. Urine and bottles filled with ice and water were thrown at police. Police said “agitators” hid behind journalists. Officers stormed a press area hunting for perpetrators. Forty-seven people were arrested, including a man from Austin, Texas, who was collared for the third time.

But Capt. Ronald Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said a city torn by riots was beginning to heal. “I believe there was a turning point made,” Johnson said during a news conference at about 2:30 a.m. He credited volunteers, activists, clergy and community “elders” with changing the tone of sometimes violent demonstrations. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to visit Ferguson on Wednesday, and a grand jury is due to begin hearing testimony in the shooting of Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was shot by a white cop.

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