There were no major problems reported by police departments on the Illinois side of the metro area overnight in reaction to events in Ferguson. Alton Police report a small group of people gathered in downtown Alton for several hours last evening on the sidewalks near McDonald’s and Subway on Broadway. The group held signs promoting non-violence and peace and stood on opposite sides of the street.
Alton Police also urged users of social media like Facebook and Twitter to avoid spreading rumors about problems related to Ferguson. Authorities spent more time Monday night and early Tuesday dispelling rumors on line than actually dealing with real issues in the city. Elsewhere, the mayor of East St. Louis set a curfew for young people through the Thanksgiving weekend. The order said those age 17 and younger need to be off the streets between 6pm and 6am in East St. Louis after vandals damaged four businesses. Illinois State Police closed the MLK Bridge for about 10 minutes yesterday afternoon while protestors walked onto the span. No arrests were made. St. Louis County Police report six of the people arrested late Monday or early Tuesday near Ferguson were from the Metro East including two from Granite City and one person from Maryville.