On Thursday evening protests in Ferguson turned ugly once again as tensions flared between protesters, police, and local business owners. Rising anger over the shooting of Michael Brown the burning of a memorial in his honor, and reports that Ferguson police are wearing bracelets that say “I am Darren Wilson” erupted in verbal and sometimes physical confrontations over the course of the evening into the early hours of Friday morning.
In one of several videos to come out overnight, a protester confronted police directly over the Darren Wilson bracelets, and another issued an ominous threat, “none of you are safe” as seen in video posted first by The Daily Banter. A voice is heard off camera saying “that was intimidating.”
In a second video, police and protesters clash physically in addition to exchanging words.(NSFW):
The crowd challenges the police chief to march with them to prove he trusts them, urging him not to bring other cops with him. “Don’t take none of them with you. Come march with us for real. You trust us like that?” At first, the chief does walk with them but the situation very quickly devolves into a shoving match, and police pull night sticks on the crowd.
Live feeds of the escalating situation showed continuing clashes at the time of this posting.
The Daily Banter has additional coverage and videos from throughout the tense evening.
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