Protests over Ferguson shooting enter third day

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Activists rushed into St. Louis City Hall on Wednesday to protest a grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in nearby Ferguson as the region moved into its third day of demonstrations.

Hundreds of people demonstrated in front of the municipal building, shouting “Shame, Shame.” Some then entered the building and police, carrying riot shields, quickly responded.

As many as five people were arrested, officials said.

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“The violence we saw in areas of Ferguson last night cannot be repeated,” Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday, announcing that he is sending hundreds more members of the National Guard to the city that saw intense looting on Monday night.

“Last night, criminals intent on lawlessness and destruction terrorized this community,” Nixon said, “burning buildings, firing gunshots, vandalizing storefronts, and looting family businesses — many for the second time.”

Nixon said he’d just returned from West Florissant Avenue, a focal point of the unrest. He called the situation there “a heartbreaking sight,” with residents afraid to go outside.

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1 thought on “Protests over Ferguson shooting enter third day”

  1. This grand jury proceeding appears to have been a hoax, as grand jury
    proceedings go. The authorities simply acted as though they were going
    to test the case against Wilson, in a forced response to the initial
    public outcry. There was never an intent to go after Wilson the way
    prosecutors normally would do in a grand jury presentation. [“ladies
    and gentlemen, this young man, unarmed, was shot multiple times from a
    distance of a hundred feet. The immediate threat to officer Wilson had
    passed. This was malicious deadly force that rose to the level of
    first degree, or at least second degree, murder!….” e.g.] Here, we
    read of Wilson’s version of events, as presented to the grand jury.
    How many times do defendants get their side heard by a grand jury?
    zilch, zero, never,…almost never.

    So, the grand jury, rather than weighing the State’s case against a standard of probable cause,
    which is all a grand jury is empowered to do, actually heard both sides
    and passed judgment on the facts. This really is a travesty. Though I
    disagree with the tactics at work in this situation, especially
    outright theft and wanton destruction in the furtherance of a principle,
    I sympathize with the cause. This case should have gone to trial.

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