A night of -- almost -- peace in Ferguson


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A night of -- almost -- peace in Ferguson

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Aug 20, 2014

After Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson called for "peaceful protesters" to rally during the day on Tuesday, so that "criminals" could be separated from the group at night, Ferguson saw a night of -- almost -- peace.

It only took one water bottle throw at police to wreck havoc overnight.

Despite the crowd being much smaller, since most "peaceful protesters" followed Capt. Johnson's orders and protested earlier in the day, "When the bottle flew, officers broke into a sprint, chasing after young men," reports CNN. "This prompted a handful of agitated protesters to toss more bottles, glass and plastic."

However, no Molotov cocktails were reportedly thrown at police, nor were any shots fired.

"Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who's tasked with maintaining peace, told reporters that 'criminals' had thrown urine on police," CNN further reports. "After the chase, the number of riot police ballooned. Officers brought out K-9 dogs, and one policeman used pepper spray on some in the crowd."

Police arrested 47 people in total, including a vehicle full of armed individuals who made threats to shoot an officer.

As for continued justice for slain teenager Michael Brown, whose Aug. 9 killing by a police officer sparked more than a week of protests in Ferguson, "U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to visit. On a state level, a prosecutor is expected to start presenting evidence to a grand jury, which will consider whether or not to indict Officer [Darren] Wilson," the officer who shot Brown, CNN details. "In the state investigation, forensic details, the autopsy results and toxicology tests are still pending."

A public funeral for Brown is planned for Monday.

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.