Protesters gather outside Ferguson, Mo. police department


by Brandie Piper, KSDK

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 1:08 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. – Protesters are gathering outside the Ferguson Police Department, demanding justice for the shooting death of an unarmed teen Saturday afternoon.

Michael Brown, 18, was killed by a Ferguson police officer outside the Canfield Green apartment complex Saturday afternoon. On Sunday morning, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said a struggle over the officer's gun led to the shooting.

The protesters have a list of four demands:
1. For the officer who killed Brown to be identified.
2. For the officer who killed Brown to be fired and charged with murder.
3. They want the police department's "Protocol Handbook" released to the public.
4. They want the Ferguson Police Department's employees to reflect the racial demographic of the community.

The group is asking for supporters to call Ferguson police demanding justice for Michael Brown. They are also planning a protest in front of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch's office on Tuesday.

The group has emphasized their wish to protest peacefully, but police dressed in riot gear are poised, ready to respond if the crowd begins to riot.

According to the Associated Press, the FBI is taking over the investigation into Brown's death.

On Sunday evening, a candlelight vigil turned violent as crowds rioted in the streets, firing shots into the air, vandalizing and looting businesses. A Quiktrip store was also set on fire. During the riot, police said cancelled Monday's protest, threatening to arrest anyone who attends.

Chief Tom Jackson with Ferguson police now says peaceful demonstrators are allowed to protest, but if rioting begins, the crowd will be disbanded by police. He said several dozen officers are already at the scene and more on ready to respond if necessary.

During an interview with NewsChannel 5, Jackson said his department continues to receive threatening phone calls and emails. Sunday night officers were shot at, but were not wounded.