August 20th, 2014
04:52 AM ET

Ferguson: Protests Calm Until Bottles Flew

Not again.

There were high hopes that the nightly protests in Ferguson would end peacefully for a change Tuesday. That promise held out for most of the evening - until a water bottle flew at police.

By that time, most protesters had cleared out. Journalists outnumbered those who remained.

Officers put on helmets and shields, lined up on in front of some businesses and demanded a small crowd there clear out.

But when the bottle flew, officers broke into a sprint, chasing after young men.

This prompted a handful of agitated protesters to toss more bottles, glass and plastic.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who's tasked with maintaining peace, told reporters that "criminals" had thrown urine on police.

After the chase, number of riot police ballooned. Officers brought out K-9 dogs, and one policeman used pepper spray on some in the crowd.

Protesters locked hands in front of a police line, and some urged the crowd to remain peaceful.

Johnson credited them for preventing further escalation.

Police arrested 47 people, Johnson said, including a car of people driving by, who were armed.

"We identified a vehicle that made threats to shoot an officer," he said.

See more on this developing story on CNN.com

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. m j berry

    CNN coverage of the FERGUSON, MO situation has been so disgustingly biased.
    The police officer has been pictured as guilty without going to trial.
    Shame on your one sided Liberal reporting on this situation.
    Looting – burning – shooting – is that any way to present yourself as a good citizen pursuing justice.

    August 20, 2014 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  2. Alberto Medrano

    "When a White Cop Harms a Black Man" – A Christian Response http://wp.me/p4SYKL-Q

    August 20, 2014 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  3. Chris Nichols

    The violent instigators and agitators are hiding among the peaceful protesters; then running after the action; this was stated in the video @ 32 second mark.
    If this is happening why does not the peaceful protesters do something about it; why do they not help to eliminate the danger violent instigators and agitators will bring ?
    When the community begins to police itself instead of solely relying on law enforcement the better off the community will be. In most communities the members of each know who the miscreants are and what level they are ;how to deal with it is the issue is difficult because each community is different.

    August 20, 2014 at 11:01 am | Reply

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