FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, a man watches as police walk through a cloud of smoke during a clash with protesters in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
A Calmer Ferguson?
Ferguson, MO (WBEN) The mood in Ferguson, MO has become calmer as we near two weeks after the shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer.
"There were not a lot of incidents requiring tear gas, the police presence was more targeted toward groups causing trouble," says KMOX reporter Allison Blood. "You had a few officers milling around, and they quickly targeted those fighting or throwing bottles, and getting them out of the situation."
Blood reports the appearance by Attorney General Eric Holder is also calming the mood. "I think people feel a bit more vindicated. He wrote an editorial saying 'I'm here to be sure you get justice,'" says Blood. Along with the number of arrests, the mood is calmer.
But that mood could be tense come mid-October when the grand jury findings are released. "I think there is a fear and the charges come out and they're not what people's idea of justice is, there could be more unrest," notes Blood. "Hopefully the police are able to establish a rapport with the people, the people will have time to grieve, maybe it won't be that bad."