Increased National Guard presence helped minimize violence in Ferguson overnight

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)- Despite some violence in Ferguson overnight, police say things were much better than the night before. FOX 2's Chris Regnier has details live from the Unified Command Center where police spoke earlier this morning,

Police leaders say even though last night was an improvement, there were still problems. Officers had rocks and bottles thrown at them including bottles that may have been filled with urine. Officers also seized one molotov cocktail and two handguns including a semi-automatic nine millimeter handgun.

Bommarito Automotive SkyFox was over what seemed to be the most volatile part of the night. It went down around 10p.m. in front of Ferguson's City Hall. Protesters toppled over a Ferguson police car then they lit firebombs by the car trying to set it on fire. Chief Belmar says protesters also broke out several city hall windows.

Police moved in to stop the violence.

Belmar says City Hall was the only place where tear gas was used last night. There were 45 people arrested.

Belmar says most were for misdemeanors but seven were for felonies including assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action.

Windows were broken on both sides of south Florissant Road just south of the police department after the City Hall incident. There was also a car fire in a parking lot right by the Michael Brown memorial. That fire spread to a tree and there was some gunfire in the area.

Fire crews did not respond because of the gunshot.

Belmar says the increased presence of the National Guard was a big help.

Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported.

 

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