Speaking at an early-morning press conference Thursday, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald S. Johnson noted that the 11th night of protests in Ferguson were mostly peaceful as protesters gathered calmly and police did not use smoke, tear gas or pepper spray, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Johnson credited the police, community leaders, clergy and the “law-abiding men and women and teenagers of Ferguson” for keeping the demonstration civil. In total, only six arrests were made, the lowest number of arrests this week.
According to the Post-Dispatch, Johnson would not give details on the charges that those arrested faced, but he did say that some were apprehended for failure to disperse. He also stated that no guns were fired or confiscated during last night’s protest, the Post-Dispatch reports.
Johnson did mention that one officer was hit with a bottle, but the captain also noted that the officer was not injured, according to the Post-Dispatch.
Johnson believes that Attorney General Eric Holder’s visit to Ferguson may have helped ease tensions Wednesday night because it “let the community know their voices were heard.”
Read more at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.