National Guard, Protesters Gather in Ferguson

Police pledge that there won't be another night of violence
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2014 7:40 PM CST
National Guard, Protesters Gather in Ferguson
Protesters gather in front of the Ferguson Police Department, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

National Guard troops showed up in Ferguson, Mo., today, pouring out of an unmarked school bus with automatic rifles to guard buildings that haven't burned down yet, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Meanwhile, a crowd of roughly 50 protesters gathered in front of the Ferguson police station and several young men wearing black bandanas over their faces met to discuss last night's rioting in front of an apartment complex. "We let (expletive) slide for years," one man says. Another adds, "White cops—hell, white people—been killing black people forever." When asked whether violence will continue tonight, a masked man says, "As long as Darren Wilson has breath in his lungs, there will be trouble."

But law enforcement officers pledge that last night's violence won't happen again. "I stand here today to say I am sorry to the community of Ferguson," says a Highway Patrol officer at a press conference. "Their soul was ripped last night. That cannot happen again tonight, and we will do everything to make sure that what happened does not repeat itself." Adding to police support will be 2,200 National Guard soldiers. Police say that last night in Ferguson, there were 21 fires, 61 arrests (32 for felony burglary), 10 destroyed or damaged police cars, and non-serious injuries to three officers. The AP reports that demonstrations in cities across the US today were peaceful; another AP story notes that in Cleveland, several hundred demonstrators blocked rush-hour traffic on a freeway exit ramp to protest a police officer's killing of a boy wielding a toy gun. (More Ferguson, Missouri stories.)

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