FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Five days after the shooting death of Michael Brown, residents hope for a peaceful night in Ferguson. But demonstrators are gearing up for another night of protests.
The QuikTrip (QT) in Ferguson that was looted and set on fire Sunday has become a meeting ground for protesters. The QT appeared quiet Thursday morning, but demonstrators trickled in throughout the day, preparing for another night of confrontations with Ferguson Police.
Among the demonstrators is Lisa Odom who is teaching other protesters how to assemble homemade gas masks using surgical masks, charcoal and duct tape.
“I think this is something that will help those who are being innocently attacked with gas,” said Odom.
East St. Louis resident Brenda Simms peacefully sat in front the QT with a sign in hand. She said she wanted to show her support.
St. Louis County Police and Missouri Highway Patrol have helicopters patrolling overhead.
Journalists have come from across the country, including Joe Biggs from Austin, Texas. Biggs, who writes for an online media site, said he was hit with a rubber bullet from police.
“A guy threw a bottle over my head … ten feet from me … that’s when all hell broke loose,” said Biggs.
While there has been speculation that protests are being fueled by outsiders, Biggs said he was welcomed by Ferguson residents.