FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Tensions escalated in Ferguson Wednesday as protesters took to the streets outside the Ferguson Police Department.
Police said a crowd of around 200 protesters knocked over barricades and began blocking traffic outside of the Ferguson Police Department earlier in the night. Officials say they cleared the street and officers were immediately pelted with rocks and bottles.
Once the protesters moved to the sidewalks, News 4’s Alexis Zotos said protesters and police mostly stayed on opposite sides of the street but demonstrators and police occasionally clashed.
One officer reported being struck by a metal rod.
Around 2:00 a.m., the crowd had dwindled down to four people.
Five people were taken into custody throughout the evening.
Tensions rose in part because of the frustration of some that information about the investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown, Jr has been selectively leaked.
There was self-policing among protesters as many tried to keep people out of the street in an effort to keep the night peaceful and spread the message of justice.
“It’s not just a Ferguson problem, it’s everywhere,” said protester Artez Hurston. “What we want to get is everyone’s awareness that this is a Japanese American problem, a Latin American problem, a white American problem. If you call yourself an American, this is your problem.”
The protest in Ferguson was one of many around the country as part of a national day of action against police brutality.