Hundreds of demonstrators stood within touching distance from officers in riot gear late Friday before dissipating at the start of what was expected to be a weekend of protests over the 2-month-old death of Michael Brown and other fatal police shootings that activists say are racially motivated.

Organizers of the four-day Ferguson October events expected 6,000 participants. The initial protest Friday outside a St. Louis County prosecutor’s office didn’t draw nearly that amount. Later, tensions increased, with protesters outside the Ferguson Police Department chanting anti-police remarks such as, “How many kids did you kill today?”

A wall of about 100 officers in riot gear stood near them. The St. Louis County Police Department announced that it would arrest anyone who touched an officer.

Most of the crowd soon left, with organizers urging people to avoid arrest so that they could come back for more protests throughout the weekend.

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