Protests have been staged almost every night in the
predominantly black St. Louis suburb, since white policeman,
Darren Wilson, shot 18-year-old Michael Brown dead on Aug. 9.
A Ferguson Police Department official said that several people
were arrested outside the police station overnight. She declined
to say exactly how many arrests were made or give any other
The Washington Post reported that at least six people were
detained after a small group of protesters chanted loudly
despite a late night noise ordinance.
On Thursday, four people joined a lawsuit alleging illegal
assaults and detentions by police officers in the city and
seeking roughly $60 million, claiming police used "wanton and
excessive force" as they dealt with protesters.
Demonstrations over Brown's killing have included some vandalism
and looting, and police have responded, at times, with riot
gear, tear gas, rubber bullets and military equipment.
A grand jury is exploring charges against Wilson.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Louise
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