Ferguson Unrest: Protesters, Police Face Off in 4th Night of Demonstrations
At least 23 people were arrested overnight in the St. Louis suburb.
— -- Protests resumed overnight in Ferguson, Missouri, with at least 23 people arrested – the fourth night of demonstrations in the St. Louis suburb amid the anniversary of the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown.
No shootings, burglaries, lootings or property damage were reported, and no one was injured, police said.
Police made arrests after protesters blocked a traffic lane on West Florissant Avenue. Officers with bullhorns directed protesters to clear the roadway, and others in riot gear forced people out of the street. Some demonstrators threw rocks and frozen water bottles at officers, and one St. Louis County police officer was hit in the chest with a small chunk of concrete but was not injured because of his protective vest, police said.
At one point, an officer fired pepper spray into a crowd of people. It was unclear how many people were hit or why the pepper spray was used.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar spoke with protest leaders several times throughout the night, hoping to deescalate the tension, police said.
Earlier in the evening a crowd of hundreds gathered, holding signs and chanting as part of a demonstration.
St. Louis County remains under a state of emergency, which was declared Monday. The state of emergency follows an outbreak of violence in Ferguson, including a police-involved shooting Sunday night that left a man in critical condition.
Two teenagers were also shot early Monday as they walked on a sidewalk near a memorial for Brown. The teens were both hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Sunday night's violence fell on the anniversary of the death of the 18-year-old Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson Aug. 9, 2014. A grand jury did not indict Wilson, who resigned in November.
The death of Brown sparked protests and touched off the national "Black Lives Matter" movement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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