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Ferguson Largely Peaceful After Officer's Decision To Quit

Jeff Roberson AP
A man is arrested by police after kneeling in the street during a protest outside the Ferguson Police Department on Saturday.

A few hundred people protested overnight in Ferguson, Mo., but there were initial reports of few arrests by police hours after officer Darren Wilson's resignation was made public.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch says that "outside the Ferguson police department, about 150 to 200 protesters gathered to chant and wave signs and flags. At about 8:45 p.m., they marched South on South Florissant Road." The newspaper says one arrest was made after a man threw a bottle at police.

St. Louis Public Radio live blogged the evening's marches and protests here.


In Portland, Ore., police made 10 arrests in a demonstration related to events in Ferguson.

As we reported on Saturday, Wilson, the white police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, has announced through his attorney that he will resign from the city's force, days after a grand jury decided against indicting him in the killing.

In his resignation letter, Wilson said his quitting the force "will allow the community to heal.

"It was my hope to continue in police work, but the safety of other police officers and the community are of paramount importance to me," he wrote.

Wilson had been on administrative leave since the Aug. 9 shooting.


The Associated Press says that Ferguson officials were planning to address Wilson's resignation at a news briefing today.

Meanwhile, the parents of Brown were preparing to attend a church service today where the Rev. Al Sharpton was expected to preach.

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