downtown St. Louis
The protesters have made their presence felt downtown – about 200 of them first gathered on the steps of the Old Courthouse, holding a mock trial for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch and police.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says they are concerned that the Black Panthers or communist activists might blend in with peaceful protestors and try to hurt police.
An emotional ceremony at the Soldiers’ Memorial downtown this morning, as a Korean War veteran received the Purple Heart and Oak Cluster for wounds suffered over 60 years ago.
The victim was hospitalized with two broken eye sockets, a broken nose and broken teeth.
Organizer Jeffrey Smith says it’s designed to call attention to Missouri’s constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms – a right he says was strengthened by the passage of Amendment 5 this past August.
The man was assaulted near the St. Louis Post-Dispatch building at Cole and Tucker and remains hospitalized with a serious head injury.
Many homeless say if the center is shut down, they will not leave the area.
Today is the day for what is being called a National March on Ferguson – a protest that organizers say will include acts of civil disobedience.
Organizers expect between 7,000 and 10,000 people in the region for the Weekend of Resistance part of the Ferguson October movement.
A spike in murders highlights the latest monthly crime report in the city of St. Louis.