The name of the police officer involved in the shooting of an unarmed teen on Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri, will not be released today. Authorities had planned to release the officer’s name, but those plans changed earlier today. No reason has been given for the decision.
Meanwhile, several hundred people gathered in Clayton outside the Justice Center to protest the death of 18 year old Michael Brown on Sunday at the hands of a Ferguson police officer. Last night, police from several jurisdictions confronted a large crowd that had gathered at the site of Saturday’s shooting and used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. Police SWAT teams and tactical vehicles blocked off West Florissant Road for much of the evening near a burned out QT store.
Authorities say a large group of people looted a Shoe Carnival and attempted to break into another store in a south St. Louis strip mall just before midnight. No word on whether this incident was related to the looting that took place early Monday morning. Earlier Monday, law enforcement agencies responded to a fight at the St. Louis Galleria Mall. The incident on the second floor of the shopping center was resolved but officials decided to close the mall around 6:30 p.m. in fear that unrest could spread beyond Ferguson. That incident was not connected to the Ferguson case.