Ferguson Update: Morning of Wednesday, August 20, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is promising a thorough investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown while calling for “an end to the acts of violence in the streets” of Ferguson. Holder says the Justice Department will “defend the right of protesters to peacefully demonstrate.” Holder plans to travel to Ferguson today to meet with FBI and other officials.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The number of people arrested Monday night and Tuesday morning in Ferguson, Missouri, far exceeds what police originally said. A St. Louis County spokeswoman says 57 people were booked at the county jail. Spokeswoman Candace Jarrett says that does not include people taken to municipal jails elsewhere in the region. Police originally said 31 arrests were made after another night of violence that followed the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A crowd in St. Louis had largely diminished within several hours of a police shooting that left a knife-wielding man dead after a reported convenience store robbery. The shooting happened just a few miles from Ferguson, where a police officer’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, Michael Brown, has touched off days of protests. St. Louis Police Capt. Ed Kuntz says the suspect had a knife and refused to drop the weapon. Kuntz says officers opened fire when the man raised the knife and moved toward them.
GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot has been seriously injured in the crash of a small plane at a western Missouri airport. Grain Valley police said the crash occurred as the pilot was trying to land the single-engine plane at East Kansas City Airport, about 20 miles east of Kansas City. The pilot was the only person on board and was taken to a hospital.