Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, took to the streets on Aug. 9 to commemorate the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, one year ago. The protests were mostly peaceful, but took a turn for the worse in the late evening (video below).
Some protesters yelled, "We're ready for what? We're ready for war!" reported CNN.
Unidentified protesters tossed bottles and rocks at the cops. There were also reports of shootings between groups and looting.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said four plainclothes officers shot an unidentified 20-something man who used a "remarkable amount of gunfire" on the cops with a stolen gun.
"We cannot continue, we cannot talk about the good things that we have been talking about, if we are prevented from moving forward with this kind of violence," Belmar stated, reports CNN.
"Protesters are people who are out there to effect change," Belmar added. "Several people (were) shooting, several rounds shot."
Ferguson Action Council, a local coalition of protest groups, did not think plainclothes police officers should have been deployed without body cameras.
“After a year of protest and conversation around police accountability, having plainclothes officers without body cameras and proper identification in the protest setting leaves us with only the officer’s account of the incident, which is clearly problematic,” Kayla Reed, of the Organization for Black Struggle, said in a statement, noted The New York Times.
Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who has been part of the protests, added, "I’m just trying to figure out the timeline of events and ensure that police officers are following protocol.”
Another protest is planned for today.