Number of protesters down, but police presence remains same in Ferguson

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by Ruella Rouf / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 22 at 1:21 AM

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – While the number of arrests in Ferguson is down, the police presence is still there to control what police are calling "repeat agitators." 

"It's more a positive vibe now and that is how it should be," said Captain Ron Johnson with the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Johnson said calm needs to be brought to West Florissant Avenue.

"We are going to scale back when we know that this community is safe, and these businesses are safe at night when they close their doors," said Johnson.

While Johnson has had conversations with county police about scaling the number of police back, they have said they are not quite ready.

Johnson said there are criminal acts occurring that the press and public do not see.

“We hear threats like ‘I’ll kill you. I’ve got something for you.’ Those are threats. So if you’re walking down the street and tell me, ‘I’ve got something for you, and I’m going to put it out,’ I don’t think I’m going to wait for you to put it out,” Johnson said of possible criminals.

Johnson said seven people were arrested Thursday night. He said one person was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Three people that were arrested are from Detroit, four are from the St. Louis area.

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