County Executive does not believe charges filed a year after arrests give county a black eye.
Tuesday night’s crowd of around 100 demonstrators was mostly calm and peaceful.
Belmar told The Associated Press: “They’re not going to take the street tonight. That’s not going to happen.”
About 10 p.m., the St. Louis County Police Department tweeted that the “unruly” crowd was throwing frozen water bottles at police.
Police arrested 56 demonstrators attempting to enter the federal courthouse in downtown St. Louis as part of a day of civil disobedience marking one year since Michael Brown’s death.
The father of the suspect, 18-year-old Tyrone Harris Jr., called the police version of events “a bunch of lies.” He said his son was unarmed and had been drawn into a dispute involving two groups of young people.
Police say Hopson was involved in a Michael Brown protest and was wearing a backpack containing a firearm. They say officers saw Hopson firing shots into a fleeing crowd on West Florissant.
Roasted pig’s head was part of Saturday night’s demonstration.
Police don’t know if incidents were related to Michael Brown protests.
Union chief says “Ferguson effect” has increased pressure both on and off the streets.