After nights of calm, raucous protest in Ferguson

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) – With the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case drawing near, several nights of relative calm were broken by a raucous protest at police headquarters in Ferguson.

St. Louis County police made five arrests Wednesday night _ four for blocking traffic and one for being a fugitive wanted by St. Louis police.

Police spokesman Brian Schellman says 15 protesters gathered across the street from the Ferguson police department and began entering the roadway, obstructing traffic. A short time later, more protesters arrived and shut down South Florissant Road.

Protests have been common since Aug. 9, when white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Brown, who was 18, unarmed and black. A grand jury is expected to announce a decision this month on whether Wilson will face criminal charges.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com