Expert: law enforcements approach to Ferguson protests inconsistent
Shoving ensued during a march in Ferguson while Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson addressed the crowd. By Stephanie Baumer
By Elizabeth Eisele
(KMOV.com) – Hundreds of protesters have been arrested since demonstrations began in Ferguson.
Some have been arrested for looting and violence, but others have been arrested for failure to disperse. Critics have said many have been arrested who are not breaking the law and that police have been inconsistent in what is a crime and what is not.
“The situation is unique and the way police are treating it is unique,” said SLU professor and defense attorney Susan McGraugh.
On certain nights, McGraugh said loud protesters are not arrested, and on other evenings, quiet demonstrators who appear to be within their rights get handcuffed and jailed.
Police have told News 4 they are trying to enforce to the laws on the books. Security of the protests was taken over by St. Louis County police Friday. Over the weekend, police said no protesters. The Ferguson City Attorney said no cases have been dismissed have no decisions will be made on protesters cases for several months.