UPDATE: Protests, Some Violent, After Ferguson Grand Jury Ruling
St. Louis County Police are confirming officers used tear gas to disperse crowds in Ferguson after a police car was vandalized, business windows shattered and gunshots were heard.
Some protesters erupted in anger after the announcement that Officer Darren Wilson won't be indicted in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Protesters overran a barricade and taunted police. Some chanted ``murderer'' and others threw rocks and bottles.
The windows of a police car were smashed and protesters tried to topple it before it was set ablaze. Officers responded by firing what authorities said was smoke and pepper spray into the crowd. St. Louis County Police later confirmed tear gas also was used.
Some in the crowd tried to stop others from taking part in the violence.
Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration was restricting the path of some flights into Lambert-St. Louis International Airport amid the unrest in Ferguson.
According to an advisory posted late Monday, planes were being rerouted out of an at least 3-mile are near Ferguson. The reason cited was “provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities” An FAA spokesman didn’t immediately return a call from The Associated Press.
The grand jury ruling was met by protests around the country.
Dozens of people in Oakland, California, protesting the Ferguson grand jury decision had gotten around police Monday night and were blocking traffic on Interstate 580.
Television images showed officers in cars and on motorcycles trying to corral the protesters, while others stood in a line to keep more people from getting on the highway.
The demonstrations in Oakland were just one of the rallies taking place in several U.S cities in the wake of the grand jury ruling, including Chicago Los Angeles, New York and Seattle.
Officials in the majority of the cities said the protests had been largely peaceful.
STATEMENT FROM FAMILY OF MICHAEL BROWN
Michael Brown's family issued this statement after a prosecutor announced that a grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson:
“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.
“While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.
“Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.
“We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.
“Let's not just make noise, let's make a difference. “