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CNN: Ferguson Turns into Tinderbox Once Again After New Details Leaked

Originally posted on CNN on October 21, 2014

By Sara Sidner and Holly Yan

 

Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) — This is the new normal in Ferguson: Protests, day and night, for more than 70 days now.

Sometimes it’s hundreds of demonstrators, sometimes just a handful. But they’re always outside the Ferguson Police Department, clamoring for the indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

And with new details about the investigation leaked, tensions are escalating.

On Monday night, two protestors were detained by St. Louis County police — including Missouri State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed. She was detained as she blocked traffic in the middle of the street while protesting outside the Ferguson police department.

Now, there are fears about what could happen next.

“Everybody is planning for whatever the grand jury decides,” said Amy Hunter, racial justice director at the YWCA. “Certainly there are lots of us that planning peaceful protests for should it not be indicted. Certainly there are other people that have other ideas at hand.

One protester put it succinctly:

“If there is not an indictment, excuse my French, all hell is going to break loose.”

New details revealed

Brown’s blood was found on the officer’s uniform and inside his police car, law enforcement sources told CNN. Those sources corroborated details first reported by The New York Times.

“That tends to support any testimony that there was some kind of scuffle in the police car,” said CNN legal analyst Danny Cevallos. “And if so, that tends to support Officer Wilson’s testimony and his justification for using deadly force.”

At least one of the wounds Brown suffered is consistent with a struggle and appeared to be fired at close range, according to a different source with first-hand knowledge of the investigation.

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