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A woman kneels to pray in front of the Ferguson Police Department before another night of demonstrations in Ferguson

A woman kneels to pray in front of the Ferguson Police Department before another night of demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, August 11, 2015. St. Louis County Police released a video on Tuesday that they said shows a suspect, who has been accused of firing on police, drawing a pistol from his pants during protests in strife-torn Ferguson, Missouri. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Protests in Ferguson for anniversary of police shooting

The crowd of around 100 demonstrators was mostly calm and peaceful. Occasionally a few people would march or chant, but they spent most of several hours milling around and chatting with one another. It was a far cry from the violence and tension that marred the previous two nights.

Larry Miller, 58, organizer of the protest group Ferguson Freedom Fighters, said it was clear the latest round of demonstrations was dying down. He wasn't convinced much had been accomplished.

"We already know what needs to be happening is not happening," Miller said. "We're still bothered over the killing of Mike Brown because we still need police reform, criminal justice system reform."

A tense moment came Tuesday when a few dozen people briefly blocked traffic. But several officers in riot gear, along with St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, quickly moved to break it up.

Police said they made no arrests.

The St. Louis suburb has seen demonstrations for days marking the anniversary of Brown's killing on Aug. 9, 2014. Brown, a black 18-year-old, was fatally shot by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. A St. Louis County grand jury and the U.S. Department of Justice cleared Wilson, but Brown's death spurred a national "Black Lives Matter" movement. (AP)


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