FERGUSON, Mo. — The scattered clashes and violence had flared on the first morning of a curfew in this troubled city. But as Sunday drew on, pastors, the police and civil rights figures joined parishioners in churches, all trying to tamp down the anger that has followed the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old unarmed black man.
The rally, however, was followed by more unrest and police activity in the evening.
Just pushed back to my car. gas stinging my eyes & throat. "Clear the area immediately," loud horn says. #Fergurson— Akilah Johnson (@akjohnson1922) August 18, 2014
"Cover you face! Cover your face!" Mother yells to daughter. #Fergurson— Akilah Johnson (@akjohnson1922) August 18, 2014
Earlier in the day, in a packed sanctuary at Greater Grace Church, not far from the site of evening demonstrations, Capt. Ronald S. Johnson, the Missouri State Highway Patrol captain brought in by the governor to take over security, spoke with the cadence of a preacher as he apologized to the family of the teenager, Michael Brown.
“My heart goes out to you, and I say that I’m sorry,” Johnson said. “I wear this uniform, and I should stand up here and say that I’m sorry.”
Before a mostly black audience, Johnson, who is African-American, spoke of his own “black son, who wears his pants saggy, wears his hat cocked to the side and has tattoos on his arms.”
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