Hours after Governor Jay Nixon announced that the National Guard would begin to pull out Thursday night (August 21), another fairly peaceful night took place in Ferguson, Missouria.
A crowd of protestors on West Florissant Avenue downsized to about 100 on the 13th night since 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by police officer Darren Wilson. Right before sunset, a bevy of people laid 60 yards of long-stemmed roses down the middle of Canfield Drive and lit candles where the teen was shot.
Highway Patrol Captain Ronald Johnson attributed the shift to two developments on Wednesday: Attorney General Eric Holder’s arrival in Ferguson, and an announcement that a St. Louis County grand jury had started reviewing the case. “I think it shows that the process has begun, and people know the president is watching,” Johnson said.
Hit the flip to see photos and tweets of what the atmosphere was like in Ferguson last night.