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St. Louis Police Prepare for Michael Brown Vigil, March Downtown

Allison Blood
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St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officers gather in downtown St. Louis on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014,  in preparation for expected Michael Brown vigil and march. (KMOX)

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officers gather in downtown St. Louis on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in preparation for expected Michael Brown vigil and march. (KMOX)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – At about 4 p.m. Thursday, dozens of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officers gathered downtown to get ready for the first demostration in the city for the Michael Brown shooting.

There were no SWAT uniforms, no AR-15s and no armored vehicles.

St. Louis city police chief Sam Dotson says there really is no need.

“There’s a vigil, there’s a march underneath the Arch tonight,” Dotson says. “We want to make sure that everybody that comes downtown, whether you’re going to the baseball game or the event under the Arch, see the metropolitan police department and know that it’s safe to be downtown tonight.”

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