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Ferguson Police Ask Protesters to Disperse Before Nightfall

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:53:35 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Ferguson police on Wednesday urged protesters demonstrating about the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown to only protest during the daytime and disperse before nightfall.

The statement came after three nights of clashes between Ferguson police and protesters in which cops fired rubber bullets and tear gas and ordered residents to go back into their homes.

"We ask that any residents wishing to assemble in prayer or in protest do so only during daylight hours in an organized and respectful manner," a statement from the police department said. "We further ask that all those wishing to demonstrate or assemble to disperse well before the evening hours to ensure the safety of the participants."

The police also dealt with looting and fires that were set Sunday night, though the past two nights have not seen the same violence by protesters.

Police shot an individual Tuesday night in Ferguson, though they said it was unrelated to protests and declined to provide any other details.

The death of Brown, 18, has caused ripples nationwide, with President Obama calling the shooting “heartbreaking.”

Officials have declined to name the police officer involved in the shooting of Brown out of fear for his safety.

The FBI is investigating Brown’s death. The shooting happened following a fight with the officer, police said. Witnesses say the officer fired after Brown raised his hands.

The officer who shot Brown has been placed on administrative leave.

Police initially planned to identify that officer, but Chief Tom Jackson said the department changed its mind due to concerns for the officer's well-being.

"At this point, given the threats and way social media has played out, we think that the value that might have been gained, if any, by releasing the name is far outweighed by the risk of danger at this point," Jackson said.

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