A store was vandalized, a fire was set at another, and about 150 people gathered along West Florissant in Ferguson, Missouri last night to protest the police shooting of Michael Brown last month. Police initially were called to a report of shots fired in that area just after 9pm, and found the Beauty Town store had been vandalized. About a half dozen people were arrested.
Police officials including Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ronald Johnson and St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson arrived in response to a call West Florissant Avenue and Canfield Drive, near where the teen was shot by a Ferguson Police officer on August 9, setting off more than a week of protests and violence in the St. Louis County community. Last nights incident followed the burning of a memorial to Brown at the site of the shooting, although authorities say it may have been caused by candles left at the scene.
Meanwhile, the federal government will host a meeting tonight in Ferguson to provide an update on its investigation of the local police department. The session will take place at 7 p.m. in the student center of the St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley.