Former St. Louis County police chief Tim Fitch believes the prosecution of officers may just be to quiet an angry community.
A Justice Department report summary has found across-the-board flaws in police’s response last summer to the protests in Ferguson, including antagonizing crowds and violating free-speech rights.
He says it took officers away from hot spot policing duties.
“I’d be happy to talk to anybody that wants to talk about what’s going on, but I also saw earlier that people were not interested in listening,” Dotson says.
A protester who advocated for peaceful demonstrations in Ferguson was charged Saturday with setting fire to a convenience store in a neighboring suburb.
The Salvation Army reports it is falling behind in its red kettle drive, and organizers say it may be the Ferguson effect.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced Friday that they are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for starting the fires that destroyed several local businesses.
“I was so angry and full of raw emotions, as so many others were, and granted, I screamed out words that I shouldn’t have screamed in the heat of the moment,” he said in a statement.
Missouri is extending a program that offers no-interest loans to small businesses damaged by violent demonstrations in and near Ferguson.
Only two local arrests reported early Thursday, as demonstrations escalate elsewhere in the United States.