FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.

Protesters filled the streets after nightfall Monday, and officers trying to enforce tighter restrictions at times used bullhorns to order them to disperse. Police deployed noisemakers and armored vehicles to push demonstrators back. Officers fired tear gas and flash grenades.

Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, who is in charge of security in Ferguson, said bottles and Molotov cocktails were thrown from the crowd and that some officers had come under heavy gunfire. At least two people were shot and 31 were arrested, he said. He did not have condition updates on those who were shot. Johnson said four officers were injured by rocks or bottles.

Demonstrators no longer faced the neighborhood’s midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew, but police told protesters that they could not assemble in a single spot and had to keep moving. After the streets had been mostly cleared, authorities ordered reporters to leave as well, citing the risk from gunfire that had been reported.

A photographer for the Getty photo agency was arrested while covering the demonstrations and later released. Two German reporters were arrested and detained for three hours. Conservative German daily Die Welt said correspondent Ansgar Graw and reporter Frank Herrmann, who writes for German regional papers, were arrested after allegedly failing to follow police instructions to vacate an empty street. They said they followed police orders.

Johnson said members of the media had to be asked repeatedly to return to the sidewalks and that it was a matter of safety. He said in some cases it was not immediately clear who was a reporter but that once it was established, police acted properly.

Citing “a dangerous dynamic in the night,” Johnson also urged protesters with peaceful intent to demonstrate during the daytime hours.

The latest clashes came after a day in which a pathologist hired by the Brown family said the unarmed black 18-year-old suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned. But the pathologist said the team that examined Brown cannot be sure yet exactly how the wounds were inflicted until they have more information.

Witnesses have said Brown’s hands were above his head when he was repeatedly shot by an officer Aug. 9.

The independent autopsy determined that Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, the family’s lawyers and hired pathologists said.

The St. Louis County medical examiner’s autopsy found that Brown was shot six to eight times in the head and chest, office administrator Suzanne McCune said Monday. But she declined to comment further, saying the full findings were not expected for about two weeks.

A grand jury could begin hearing evidence Wednesday to determine whether the officer, Darren Wilson, should be charged in Brown’s death, said Ed Magee, spokesman for St. Louis County’s prosecuting attorney.

A third and final autopsy was performed Monday for the Justice Department by one of the military’s most experienced medical examiners, Attorney General Eric Holder said.

Holder was scheduled to travel to Ferguson later this week to meet with FBI and other officials carrying out an independent federal investigation into Brown’s death.

The Justice Department has mounted an unusually swift and aggressive response to Brown’s death, from the independent autopsy to dozens of FBI agents combing Ferguson for witnesses to the shooting.

In Washington, President Barack Obama said the vast majority of protesters in Ferguson were peaceful, but warned that a small minority was undermining justice. Obama said overcoming the mistrust endemic between many communities and their local police would require Americans to “listen and not just shout.”

Obama said he also spoke to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon about his deployment of the National Guard in Ferguson and urged the governor to ensure the Guard was used in a limited way.

Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump said Brown’s parents wanted the additional autopsy because they feared results of the county’s examination could be biased. Crump declined to release copies of the report.

“They could not trust what was going to be put in the reports about the tragic execution of their child,” he said during Monday’s news conference with Parcells and Baden, who has testified in several high-profile cases, including the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

The second autopsy, Crump said, “verifies that the witness accounts were true: that he was shot multiple times.”

Forensic pathologist Shawn Parcells, who assisted former New York City chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden during the private autopsy, said a bullet grazed Brown’s right arm. He said the wound indicates Brown may have had his back to the shooter, or he could have been facing the shooter with his hands above his head or in a defensive position across his chest or face.

“We don’t know,” Parcells said. “We still have to look at the other (elements) of this investigation before we start piecing things together.”

Baden said one of the bullets entered the top of Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when he suffered that fatal injury. The hired pathologists said Brown, who also was shot four times in the right arm, could have survived the other bullet wounds.

Baden also said there was no gunpowder residue on Brown’s body, indicating he was not shot at close range. However, Baden said he did not have access to Brown’s clothing, and that it was possible the residue could be on the clothing.

Crump also said that Brown had abrasions on his face from where he fell to the ground, but there was “otherwise no evidence of a struggle.”

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9 thoughts on “Police, Protesters Collide Again In Ferguson

  1. Guest1 on said:

    The blame for all this lies squarely on the shoulders of Officer Wilson. Starting with the harassment of these two young men, to the killing of Mike Brown, and ending with the riots and looting. Unjust action causes a volatile reaction. When backed in a corner, the only thing one can do, is come out fighting. For far too long, black people have had to endure injustice in every aspect of their lives. Why? Because of the color of our skin? I have no more control over the color of my skin, than any other race has, yet we are the pariahs of this country. With all these unjust shootings by police and wanna-be rogue citizens, the citizens of the US are fed up with a system that allows for criminals of their choice to go free. The media also shares in some responsibility with contributing to this unrest. Mike Brown is, and continues to be the victim, let’s not forget that. Yet, the media was quick to put out the video showing him in not such a favorable light to taint his character as a human being. Can anyone say, mold this man into big black boogie man they want the viewers to see? Yet, nothing was put out about the police officer who gunned him down in cold blood. Oh, I forgot, he received a medal for something in the line of work. As usual, the victim lying dead in a pool of their own blood is ALWAYS the contributor to his own demise, and not the initiator who did the killing. I think people have had enough. The protectors and servers have failed. To die for such triviality is incomprehensible. Trayvon Martin, murdered in Florida, shot in the heart by George Zimmerman after being followed by Zimmerman for being in a neighborhood Zimmerman deemed he shouldn’t be in. Oscar Grant, murdered in Oakland, CA, shot point blank in the back while laying face down on the ground by a transient police, Eric Garner, murdered via chokehold by a NY police officer because of cigarettes, Jordan Davis, murdered in Florida by Michael Dunn, a man who claimed he was fearful for his life because the young men in the car next to him were cursing at him, Mike Brown, murdered in Ferguson, Missouri by a police officer who instigated the incident because Mike and a friend were walking in the middle of the street. So many more to even name. I could go on forever. Now, to address black on black crime. Yes, it happens, and it’s wrong and we have to work on our communities, but so does every community. There is white on white crime, as with every other race. Yet, the media and the likes would only want you to see black on black crime, or show black people in the worst light. Who doesn’t notice when a reporter is reporting on a story and the person they always find to interview is the one with only two teeth, disheveled and really can’t speak too well? White people kill in masses, yet they would like to sweep that under the rug. Usually, the person, if taken alive, is mentally unstable (they say), while all other races are just evil and deserve the death penalty. White people corner the market on serial killers. They kill their family members, something they also would like to sweep under the rug. White people molest their children (sons and daughters), while the mother is usually somewhere on the sofa drunk and the oldest, is locked in his bedroom making bombs or eyeing his gun collection. But let’s not let put that information out for the world to know. They talk about the drug use among black people, yet, they fail to mention all the white kids, some being their own, and others in the trailer parks and lavish homes overdosing on meth, oxy and heroin. They talk about black people being on welfare and taking advantage of the system, yet fail to acknowledge that they too have many family members who are card carrying EBT (welfare card) recipients. They talk about black unwed mothers and the men that leave them to fend for on their own, but they fail to mention that they too, also have a daughter or two, a niece or sister that has had a baby out of wedlock and is on the system. But, that should also be kept quiet. Put an end to the “I can do it, but you can’t” mentality. Yes, people are fed up.

  2. carmen on said:

    I agree with Barb: “One of the protestors interviewed last night, said the St. Louis County Police sends in their informants nightly to disturb the peaceful protestors”

  3. carmen on said:

    Outsiders in disguise coming in mixing/blending in with the peaceful protesters, and proceed to stir up trouble. The trouble makers are taking advantage of the situation and have made matters worse. TAKE YOUR HOODLUM AND THUG ASSES BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM and that goes for any race that’s stirring up trouble, it’s not all just black folks. Ferguson will never be the same after this, those who can afford to will leave. THIS IS A SAD SITUATION

  4. ABC and FOX news reported that most of those arrested were from out of state
    which suggest there are those coming in to just insight trouble which is going to
    greatly diminish the local cause, also apparently there is some video or audio
    of the incident taking place.

  5. One of the protestors interviewed last night, said the St. Louis County Police sends in their informants nightly to disturb the peaceful protestors. They thought they would stop protesting and they have not. Also, it was retaliation for bringing in Captain Johnson

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