More arrests in Ferguson overnight, W. Florissant remains open all night

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)-Despite most of the night being peaceful, police made more arrests in Ferguson, MO overnight. Friday marked the first night with no arrests but the trend did not hold. Six people went to jail Saturday into Sunday after a couple of different incidents on West Florissant Avenue.

Four of the six arrested were not from Fergsuon. Police did not say where the suspects were from, whether it is out of state or just another area city, but it continues an ongoing narrative being put out by both police and locals here that outsiders are the ones breaking the tenuous peace.

Things were moving in a peaceful fashion along West Florissant until one group of people surrounded several police cars in the parking lot of Red's Barbecue late Saturday. No one was injured in that confrontation, but that appears to have been the flashpoint that led to most of the arrests. One other man was taken away for vandalizing the drive through sign at the McDonald’s further up the street.

That aside, the night was comparatively quiet compared to the rougher confrontations earlier this week and the week before.

Saturday marked two weeks since Michael Brown, 18, was killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

All in all, police still feel like they're making progress with each passing day.

Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol who is the incident commander in Ferguson, said, "We've also been listening to the community. We previously had closed a street to traffic at 4:00 p.m. Two days ago, we decided to keep it open until 6:00 p.m. You must have noticed that all four lanes remain open to traffic all night. It looked like an ordinary Saturday night here, except tonight the sidewalks are full of people."

Capt. Johnson added, “Tonight once again there were no Molotov cocktails, no fires, no shootings, no guns were seized. Again tonight we deployed no smoke devices, no tear gas and no mace. And again tonight no police officers fired a single bullet.”

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