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Quieter night in Ferguson, with fewer protesters

AAA  Aug. 21, 2014 3:11 AM ET
Quieter night in Ferguson, with fewer protesters
By ALAN SCHER ZAGIERBy ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STATEMENT OF NEWS VALUES AND PRINCIPLES 

Attorney General Eric Holder, left, listens during his meeting at the U.S. Attorney’s office in St. Louis, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Sitting with clockwise from the far left, Richard Callahan, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Molly Moran, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool)

Attorney General Eric Holder, left, listens during his meeting at the U.S. Attorney’s office in St. Louis, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Sitting with clockwise from the far left, Richard Callahan, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Molly Moran, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool)

Attorney General Eric Holder stops to shake hands with a patron at Drake’s Place Restaurant, before his meeting with local community leaders, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

Protesters stand in the street as lightning flashes in the night sky in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. A grand jury has begun hearing evidence as it weighs possible charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Protesters march to the Buzz Westfall Justice Center Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Clayton, Mo. A grand jury has begun hearing evidence as it weighs possible charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Spiritual teacher Iyanla Vanzant, right, consoles Shirley Scale, a resident at the Canfield Apartments, at the shrine to Michael Brown where he was shot and killed on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Vanzant, from the “Fix My Life” t.v. show was visiting to bless the site and give support to the community. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — It’s been a quieter night in Ferguson, Missouri. Some demonstrators returned to the streets Wednesday evening to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white officer, but in diminished numbers.

They marched around a single block in the St. Louis suburb as a thunderstorm filled the sky with lighting and dumped rain. Police still stood guard, but many wore regular uniforms rather than riot gear.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is in charge of security, says there were six arrests, compared to 47 the previous night. He called it “a very good night.”

Johnson said a visit earlier by Attorney General Eric Holder let people know their voices had been heard. Holder had sought to reassure people about the investigation into Michael Brown’s death.

Associated Press


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