Carjacking victims claim not enough police manpower in Ferguson

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)-- Protests that prompted some arrests Thursday night in Ferguson may be to blame for a shortage of police manpower that impacted other citizens seeking help.

A Ferguson detective has taken a report from carjacking victims but there still are questions about why no one from Ferguson or St. Louis County actually responded to the family's 9-1-1 calls for protection.

Police were occupied by a protest outside the Ferguson police department. Activity there escalated at one point as officers became concerned for Chief Tom Jackson who was walking and talking with the demonstrators.

The carjacking happened about a mile away at the Walgreens at North Florissant and Hereford. A woman and her son were taken in their car at gunpoint and forced to drive around before being released in North St. Louis County.

Chief Jackson says some of his officers were wearing body cameras last night during the protest. His staff is reviewing a good deal of video from those new cameras. But since it is new technology it is taking some time to be sure it is properly downloaded from the cameras.

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