Arrests, protests & ‘Xmas carols’: Ferguson unrest enters fifth day, c15 detained

A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown is arrested by a National Guard troop and a police officer outside of the Ferguson Police Station November 28, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri (AFP Photo / Joshua Lott)

Black Friday protests in Ferguson saw activists singing the words “it’s a racist time in the city” to a Christmas tune. However, the holiday caroling mood was marred by clashes as police arrested at least 15 people for failing to clear the streets.

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Police officers wearing riot gear stormed the crowd of about 150
protesters outside the Ferguson police station. Some 15 people
have been taken into custody, Missouri Department of Public
Safety spokesman, Mike O’Connell, told the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch newspaper.

One person is in police custody, facing charges for assaulting an
officer, St. Louis County police tweeted.

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A separate group of 150 protesters walked down Ferguson’s
Chesterfield Mall, chanting “Shut it down!” and
“Arrest Darren Wilson!”

Most shoppers left the mall when the demonstration started.

“They seem peaceful enough, there’s no problem for me,”
said Jon Nuttall of St. Louis City, while his teenage son, Joshua
Nuttall, added: “It’s more annoying because it’s causing all
the stores to close.”

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‘Life is Hell’: Protesters sing social justice holiday carols

Yet another group of other activists gathered near Tower Grove
South neighborhood to sing social justice holiday carols. The
protesters distributed copies of a “caroling for
book with modified lyrics to popular Christmas

Ferguson protesters arrested across US, unrest persists

“Life is Hell,” protesters sang to the tune of Silver
Bells: “It’s a racist time in the city/Ring-a-ling, hear them
sing/Slim hope for justice today.”

“They’re dreaming of a white Christmas/just like the ones the
bigots know/Where justice is missing and fairness isn’t/Because
fairness and justice they don’t know,”
the protesters were
singing changed lyrics to “White Christmas.”

There were at least 45 protesting carolers outside various
restaurants and cafes.

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Bob McCulloch, the prosecuting attorney for St. Louis County,
announced the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case on
Monday evening. He said that “no probable cause exists” to file
any charges against Wilson. A statement from Wilson’s attorney
said his client had followed his training, as well as the law,
when he shot Brown.

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After the jury’s decision a wave of violent protests and peaceful
marches swept over Ferguson and many other major US cities.

Two men are detained before being released with a warning by the LAPD during a demonstration against the grand jury's decision in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown, in Los Angeles, California November 28, 2014 (Reuters / Jonathan Alcorn)

A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown shines a spot light on a group of police officers and National Guard troops outside of the Ferguson Police Station November 28, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri (AFP Photo / Joshua Lott)

Police detain a man, who was demanding justice for the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, outside the Ferguson Police Department in Missouri November 28, 2014 (Reuters / Adrees Latif)

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