ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – 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.

Downtown tonight is set to see a large crowd for Rams football starting at 7:30 p.m.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says fans will see a stepped-up police presence around the stadium.

“There will be city and county officers, and some highway patrol officer, as well,” he says. “I’ve always said I’m a big proponent of regionalism, sporting events – baseball, football, hockey are regional events, and so I appreciate the help.”

Protest organizers say they will not be announcing their protest sites in advance.

Dotson says he couldn’t be more proud of the way officers handling the protests have been conducting themselves.

“We’ve seen profanity shouted at officers. We’ve seen some officers that have been spit on. We’ve seen name-calling, individual officers called out by name, threats to officers and their family,” Dotson says. “They’ve shown a tremendous amount of restraint, professionalism.”

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