Protestors block intersection, march, but no violence.
It focuses on changes they’d like to see
“This is not just about the police shooting a young man,” Moore said. “It’s about life, period. About what’s acceptable and what’s not.”
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson promised to show the public a video from the front line of police at his news conference Wednesday regarding the protests at Page Avenue and Walton Road in north St. Louis.
Later Wednesday, police made nine arrests and used tear gas to clear a street after protesters ignored commands and threw glass bottles and rocks at officers, Dotson said.
Belmar says one big advantage this year will be the presence of interim Ferguson Police Chief Andre Anderson.
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.