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National Guard to withdraw from a quieter Ferguson

7 months ago Friday, August 22, 2014 12:51:26 AM CDT August 22, 2014 Friday, August 22 2014 Aug 22, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

FERGUSON, MO - The streets of Ferguson have been peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions have been subsiding in the St. Louis suburb where unrest had erupted for several nights after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.

About 100 people gathered Thursday evening, walking in laps near the spot where Michael Brown was shot. Some were in organized groups, such as clergy members.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is in charge of security in Ferguson, said there had been seven arrests, mainly for failure to disperse. He said it had been a good day and a good night.

Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the Missouri National Guard, which arrived Monday, to begin withdrawing. He said he feels there's been progress.

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