More arrests in Ferguson, Missouri

More arrests in Ferguson, Missouri

Police have arrested 47 people after another night of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

The arrests were a response to brimming tensions stoked by the police killing of a man armed with a knife on Tuesday, not far from where 18 year old Michael Brown was shot almost 2 weeks ago.

Police in riot gear ordered demonstrators in Ferguson to disperse, before advancing to make forceful arrests.

There have been 11 successive nights of confrontations between protestors and police and last night’s demonstrations were largely peaceful, despite some looting by protestors and use of tear gas and rubber bullets by police in recent days.

The St. Louis County prosecutor’s office has also begun presenting evidence to a regularly seated grand jury investigating the Aug. 9 shooting death of Brown.

Prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch said his office could continue presenting evidence to the grand jury through mid-October as he confronts conflicting pressures for speed and thoroughness.

“On one side, people are saying you’re rushing to justice, and on the other side, they’re saying you’re dragging this thing out,” he said at a news conference.

“We’re going to present this as expeditiously as possible, but we are not going to present it in a half-hearted manner.”

Meanwhile, in a special message to the community, published online by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,  Attorney General Eric Holder said about 40 FBI agents have been assigned to the case, along with prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. Louis.

Holder arrived in St Louis overnight.

Hundreds of people have already been interviewed, Holder said, and federal medical examiners have performed an independent autopsy, the third conducted in the killing.

“Our investigation into this matter will be full, it will be fair, and it will be independent,” Holder said.

He joined Governor Jay Nixon and other officials in a renewed appeal for public calm following demonstrations that have gripped Ferguson since Brown was killed.

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