New clashes between police and citizens broke out Monday night in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb in St. Louis County. Reports of tear gas and rubber bullets filled the social media feeds of journalists and onlookers on the scene.
St. Louis County police reportedly took stronger measures than the night before to disburse the crowds and stem potential looting and vandalism. Crowds gathered at a burned QuickTrip gas station which was sacked by protesters Sunday night. Arriving in an armored vehicle and backed by SWAT units, the police urged residents to return to their homes and clear the streets. The militarized appearance of the police appeared to unnerve many residents. By 9 p.m the crowd had begun to clear the area, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Earlier, Attorney General Eric Holder said the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in a St. Louis suburb deserves a full review.
Holder’s statement Monday comes as the Justice Department dispatched its Community Relations Service to the scene to try and help calm the area’s racial tension. The service helps communities resolve conflicts and tensions arising from racial differences.
The FBI is looking into possible civil rights violations in the shooting of the unarmed 18-year old. Police said Brown was shot multiple times Saturday after an altercation with an officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
Nearly three dozen people were arrested Sunday after crowds looted and burned stores and taunted officers.
Holder says aggressively pursuing these types of investigations is “critical for preserving trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”
St. Louis Alderman Antonio French Tweeted regular updates throughout the evening, capturing video and photos of the events:Tweets by @AntonioFrench