ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- At least 16 people were arrested Wednesday night in protests that turned heated in Ferguson, Missouri.
Tear gas was deployed on the crowd in Ferguson by police Wednesday night. A spokesperson for the St. Louis County Police Department said tear gas was deployed after protesters threw rocks, bricks, bottles and Molotov cocktails at police. Police said one Molotov cocktail landed on top of a car wash.
One officer suffered a broken ankle during the altercation with protesters. At least 16 people, including St. Louis Alderman Antonio French and two reporters, were arrested. It’s not yet known what charges those suspects are facing.
The protests started Wednesday afternoon as a peaceful march in Ferguson, but tension escalated quickly. News 4’s Julian Johnson said protesters and police were engaged in a standoff Wednesday evening. Police began asking the protesters at Canfield Drive and West Florissant to disperse around 6:00 p.m. Police said the protest was peaceful
As protesters saw police armored vehicles arrive on the scene, tension continued to rise.
News 4’s Scott Thomas said police showed restraint, but then began using tear gas when objects were thrown at them.
“It’s sad because this is not the intent of any of this here,” said a protester.
Some protesters elected to block off traffic by sitting in the road. Police shot off tear gas and used flash bombs to disperse the crowd.
“We’re asking you to continue down Canfield,” an officer said over a loud speaker.
Authorities said they had 14 teams of officers patrolling Ferguson overnight. They also said one police vehicle was damaged throughout the night.
Officers said everything calmed down around 2:00 a.m.
Police said they do not believe the protesters are from the Ferguson area.
The images of Wednesday’s protest are very similar to images from Tuesday.