Protesters and Police Reach Uneasy Truce in Ferguson

Although tensions remained high in Ferguson Tuesday, police and protesters were able to reach an uneasy truce for most of the night.

After a tear-gas-filled night Monday, reporters also noted a somewhat "different vibe" on the ground Tuesday evening.

"Two guys got in a scuffle earlier. Otherwise, still have seen no violence or aggression or clashes between protesters and police," the Washington Post's Wesley Lowery wrote around 8:30 pm.

"Peaceful and mellow vibe out here, but, you know. Tinderbox," the LA Times' Matt Pearce reported.

"A young man and a couple of cops are having a discussion about reasonable suspicion and probable cause," the Huffington Post's Ryan J. Reilly wrote.

Although there were still reports of agitators, people on the scene noted that protest leaders were largely able to defuse the situation from escalating:

"It has been a relatively peaceful night here in Ferguson. It's good because the protesters needed a break," Mashable's Amanda Wills wrote on Twitter.

Around midnight, Lowery wrote on Twitter, organizers had succeeded "in clearing bulk of the crowd. More than half have left." At the same time, demonstrators were peacefully dispersing on the KARG Argus Radio live stream.

But not long after, he reported that police were demanding the crowd disperse. Lowery and other reporters also said they'd heard reports of protesters throwing objects at police officers.

Update 1:15 am

Around 1 am, reporters began posting about clashes with protesters.



Update 1:30

Police reportedly began making dozens of arrests—including someone serving as a National Lawyer's Guild Legal Observe and an unidentified reporter—around 1:30 am. The Daily Banter's Chez Pazienza was also reportedly maced.

According to CNN's Eliott C. McLaughlin, police are saying the conflict began when a demonstrator threw a water bottle.


[image via KARG Argus Radio live stream]