ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A moment of silence is held in a park near the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis. Crowds of people gathered to pay their respects to 18-year-old Michael Brown. He was killed after a police involved shooting on Saturday. That event sparked protests in Ferguson that led to looting and a major response from police.
Images of tear gas being launched at protesters caught the attention of elected officials. President Obama, Senator McCaskill, Missouri Governor Nixon, County Executive Charlie Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay all spoke out against the overwhelming response from police and the violent acts of demonstrators. Governor Nixon announced on Wednesday that the Missouri Highway Patrol will now be in charge of policing Ferguson. Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson of Ferguson is being put in charge of the effort.
Police staged security equipment and vehicles at Soldier's Memorial to keep a national moment of silence in downtown St. Louis peaceful. The event took place at 6pm without incident.
Marchers are taking to the streets of Ferguson. They were led by Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson. Demonstrators marched in front of the burned QuikTrip on West Florissant. Johnson led the march stopped to talk to reporters during a march in Ferguson. He revealed a new approach police will be taking on Thursday night.
He said, "I’m not afraid to be in this crowd today, that’s why walk up front ." He continued, "All police assigned to this detail will not be wearing gas masks."