Posted on August 14, 2014 at 6:05 PM
Friday, Aug 15 at 12:09 AM
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Hundreds of people protesting the death of a Missouri teenager shot by a police officer are marching through the streets of Ferguson.
The protests come as the Missouri State Highway Patrol is taking over supervising security in the St. Louis suburb amid criticisms of the police response.
Early Thursday evening, St. Louis County police and state troopers were walking alongside demonstrators. Several marchers stopped to shake hands with officers. One woman hugged Capt. Ron Johnson of the Highway Patrol, who is overseeing security.
Though most of the crowd was filled with Ferguson residents, plenty of people around the country either came to show their support, or held protests in their own cities--New York City, Chicago, and Dallas to name a few.
But St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar is skeptical. He said he is worried that outsiders have come here for trouble.
The scene stands in stark contrast to earlier this week when officers in riot gear and in military equipment clashed with protesters. Crowds have gathered each day since Saturday's shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Johnson told The Associated Press, "We all want justice. We all want answers."