Because somehow the Golden Arches are involved in the shooting of Michael Brown (they’re not)…
FERGUSON, MO. (KMOX) – It was another night of violence on the streets of North County, prompting riot squads to move in and fire rubber bullets and tear gas to restore order after a large crowd reportedly threw rocks at police.
Police made up to 15 arrests, and most of the unrest was quieted by midnight.
One hot spot was back at the burned out QuikTrip in Ferguson, where a large crowd gathered. They were immediately met by police in riot gear with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Police on loud speakers continuously told people to go home. Some protestors shouted back, “you go home.” The police helicopter was put into service to spotlight individuals and vehicles. Police blocked West Florissant telling motorists to turn their vehicles around.
Earlier, a crowd of about 300 people gathered at a McDonalds in the 9000 block of West Florissant.
St. Louis County police chief Jon Belmar says demonstrators appear to be taking advantage of social media to organize some events.
“They have the ability to understand where they’re all going to be, and they can basically plan where they want to go next,” he says. “So, it’s a really efficient way to communicate.”
The second straight night of unrest in the wake of 18-year-old Michael Brown’s shooting death over the weekend happened despite repeated pleas for calm and patience by area leaders like St. Louis County executive Charlie Dooley.
“St. Louis County is going to do everything we possibly can, not just to keep law in order, but to show people in St. Louis County that we are on top of this situation,” he said.
But some are expressing their doubts about that, including Congressman Lacy Clay.
He’s calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to expand the scope of the federal investigation into Michael Brown’s death.
Clay says local law enforcers aren’t equipped to handle a thorough probe, and points out that the St. Louis County police department has its own history of racial profiling claims.
Earlier Monday night, the Galleria mall was evacuated after a fight broke out on the second floor. Shoppers were told to leave and shop owners were told to shut the Galleria down.