Ferguson, Mo. continues to face turmoil, following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Since the shooting on Saturday afternoon (Aug. 9), police officials have been battling protests, as reports of demonstrators and journalists being sprayed with tear gas and rubber bullets circulate.
The Ferguson Police Department released its first statement on the matter, asking that demonstrations and vigils be held during the day:
The City of Ferguson mourns the loss of Michael Brown's life that occurred this past Saturday. We understand members of our community, and those nationwide, are grieving with us. We have worked diligently to provide an opportunity for our residents to both grieve and voice frustrations through prayer vigils and peaceful protests.
We would like to extend our gratitude to the St. Louis County Police Department, the St. Louis City Police Department, the Missouri Highway Patrol, and numerous local law enforcement agencies for their assistance over the past several days. These officers have worked throughout the night to quell violent outbursts and restore calm to our City.
We are working to restore confidence in the safety of our community and our neighborhoods so that we may begin the healing process. We have heard the community's cries for justice and assure the public that the Ferguson Police Department will continue to cooperate fully in the investigations led by the St. Louis County Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Justice Department.
We ask that any groups wishing to assemble in prayer or in protest do so only during daylight hours in an organized and respectful manner. We further ask all those wishing to demonstrate or assemble to disperse well before the evening hours to ensure the safety of the participants and the safety of our community. Unfortunately, those who wish to co-opt peaceful protests and turn them into violent demonstrations have been able to do so over the past several days during the evening hours. These events are not indicative of the City of Ferguson and its residents.
The City of Ferguson has been through tough situations in the past, albeit nothing to this magnitude, but will continue to display resilience and fortitude. The Mayor and City Council are committed to taking the necessary steps to rebuild and strengthen our community. We look forward to your cooperation and support.
According to the The Huffington Post, the hacker group, Anonymous, claims it has the name of the shooter and has issued threats to the police department, namely the St. Louis Police Chief Jon Belmar, leaking his address, phone number and family members online. The group say they will only launch cyber attacks in response to the police abuse on protestors.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) August 14, 2014