Ferguson Protesters Erupt Outside Police Department: ‘What Do We Want? Darren Wilson! How Do We Want Him? Dead!’

by Ryan Lovelace

Protesters in Ferguson, Mo., have taken to the streets and chosen not to wait for a grand jury’s decision before clashing with police once again. A grand jury is expected to decide whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson, who is accused of shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown, in the coming days. But protesters made their voices heard outside the Ferguson Police Department on Thursday night shouting, “What do we want? Darren Wilson! How do we want him? Dead!” 

Protesters gathered on South Florissant Road outside the police department and halted traffic. ​Police responded by coming out of the station and forming a line behind the barricade protecting the department. The protesters grew visibly angry and began challenging the police officers. In this video, a protester verbally assaults a police officer who is filming the demonstration outside the department. Warning: Video contains foul language. 

Some women protesters taunted a couple of female police officers by yelling, “Who’s taking care of your husband?” This video shows another protester, who threatened a police officer in a K-9 jacket by saying he would go get his own dogs and start a dogfight. Warning: Video contains foul language.

​Eventually protesters moved back into the street and disrupted traffic once again.

Police came out of the department after protesters first started blocking traffic, including this bus: 

​When protesters did not disperse from the street, the police advanced, cuffed a few protesters, and then took them back across the street and into the station.

Soon after police advanced, many of the protesters got in their cars and left. Far fewer protesters braved the cold weather to protest at the police department on Thursday than had attended the protests on West Florissant Street in the summer. But the grand jury’s decision will likely spark angry protests regardless of the outcome. 

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