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Ferguson police arrest 47 as peaceful protest degenerates

Ferguson police arrest 47 as peaceful protest degenerates
Police said on Wednesday they had arrested 47 people as tensions rose after an otherwise peaceful night of protests in Ferguson, the Missouri town rocked by violence over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Three guns were seized in the latest protest rally in Ferguson, which has become ground zero of a new national debate on police treatment of minorities after Michael Brown, 18, was shot August 9 by a white police officer.

Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol said protesters threw glass and plastic bottles of water and urine at police towards the end of last night’s protest, prompting officers to intervene and make the arrests.

Johnson stressed that unlike a violent protest on Monday night, this time protesters did not fire guns at police and officers refrained from using tear gas to break up the rally.
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