FERGUSON, Mo. — Tensions briefly flared then subsided late Saturday night and early Sunday in Ferguson as nightly protests continued two weeks after a white city police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old man.
Police reported only a handful of arrests, and traffic flowed freely along the West Florissant Avenue commercial corridor near the suburban St. Louis apartment complex where Ferguson officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown six times on Aug. 9.
Once again, peaceful daytime protests gave way to angrier shouts and more defiant marchers as night fell — including some who argued angrily with one another. But there were no signs of police riot gear, tear gas, or armored vehicles that marked earlier street skirmishes in the first week after Brown’s death.
The funeral for Brown is scheduled Monday morning.
At a peace festival Sunday in St. Louis, the victim’s father, Michael Brown Sr., told the crowd that all he wants Monday is peace. He said he appreciates all the love and support from people in the community.
Hundreds of people gathered in St. Louis for Peace Fest, which was planned before Brown’s death but took on new meaning after it. The fest encourages peace over violence.