400 Ferguson protesters arrested across US, unrest persists

400 Ferguson protesters arrested across US, unrest persists
At least 400 protesters have been arrested over the past three days across the US, as they rallied against the grand jury decision on the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, and police violence in general.

Some 200 activists were detained in Los Angeles. At 7:30pm local time on Wednesday, police told the demonstrators to leave within four minutes. Those who stayed were taken to police stations, with a possible bail of $500. If the bail isn’t paid, the detainees are to stay in prison until at least December 1.

“We won’t stand aside. The LAPD’s temper is known to the whole world. There’s no need to think of the film plots! We should protect ourselves, our patience has run out, we’ll be seeking the re-examination of the Wilson case,” a protester called Angelo told TASS news agency.

Protesters face off with police officers durng a demonstration near Los Angles Police Departmet (LAPD) headquarters following the grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer who had shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri on the night of November 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (AFP Photo/David McNew)

One officer was reportedly injured in clashes with demonstrators.

In Oakland, California, hundreds of protesters marched through the city, spraying walls, billboards and bus stops with graffiti and smashing storefront windows. It all led to clashes with police in a public plaza adjacent to City Hall.

A man attempts to stop a protester from confronting another protester (bottom), who fell into the bushes while trying to protect a convenience store, during a demonstration following the grand jury decision on Monday in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown, in Oakland, California, November 26, 2014. (Reuters/Stephen Lam)


Reports also emerged of looting, blocked freeways and fires.


San Diego saw a peaceful march, with around 300 people chanting “Ferguson, we’ve got your back!”


In Dallas, Texas, three members of a group called ‘Come and Take It’ marched alongside demonstrators, saying they were prepared to step in and protect private property if things turned ugly.

Things have also been largely peaceful in Ferguson, Missouri. Amid the snowy weather, several dozen protesters remained near the police station. On Monday, protests turned violent, with looting, gunfire, and clashes leading to over 60 arrests. Forty-five more people were detained on Tuesday.


Over 2,000 National Guard forces were sent to step up security in Ferguson over the past few days.

The protests kicked off after Darren Wilson, a white police officer who shot dead unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown back in August, was not indicted by a grand jury on Monday.

The governor of Missouri has reportedly rejected calls for a new grand jury to re-examine the case.

In a statement on Wednesday, Wilson said that he had a "clean conscience" over the killing.

Brown’s family said that they were “crushed” by the grand jury’s decision, and that their son was “crucified” by the prosecutors, but called on the rallies to remain peaceful.