(KMOV.com) -- A spokesman for the Missouri State Highway Patrol says outsiders are to blame for the violent protests that have wrecked the community of Ferguson.
Corporal Justin Wheetley of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, speaking live on News 4 as police moved in on protestors Sunday evening, said the night has not gone as authorities had planned.
“We were hoping we would have a situation like we had last night, very little protest, very little violence, but that has not happened,” said Wheetley.
The corporal said the peaceful protests are encouraged, however the violent protests are being stirred up by influences from outside of Ferguson.
“It is the few the aggressors that are taking this situation, this event and trying to escalate that in their favor to bring destruction to the community. It is mostly outsiders who are coming in and destroying this peaceful community,” said Corporal Wheetley.
“Our mission right now it is to try and restore peace and order among the groups,” he added.