Ferguson's mayor and police chief will not talk to reporters until the grand jury announces whether officer Darren Wilson will face charges for fatally shooting unarmed teen Michael Brown.
The New York Times reports that it requested an interview with Mayor James Knowles on October 29 after rumors spread that chief Tom Jackson was about to resign. The city waited three weeks to respond, sending this unsigned statement Wednesday afternoon:
We have received your request for interviews with Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson and/or mayor James Knowles. At this time no further interviews are being given prior to the St. Louis County grand jury decision being released. We appreciate your understanding regarding this matter.
On Wednesday night, for the first time since early November, a protest outside the Ferguson Police Department resulted in several arrests. Protesters said a clergy member and the popular livestreamer Bassem Masri were among the
Today in #Ferguson I saw: 0 emergencies, 0 National Guardsmen, 75 broadcast journalists desperately homesick for coastal cities.— Chris King (@chriskingstl) November 19, 2014
Update, 11 a.m.: Ferguson Police released the names of the protesters arrested Wednesday night:
-Bassem Masri, 27, of the 15000 block of Coventry Farms in Chesterfield, MO was arrested on the charge of being a fugitive from St. Louis City. -Maxwell Peterson, 24, of the 20000 block of W. 68th in Wisconsin was arrested for refusal to disperse and unlawful assembly. -Terry Poucher, 29, of the 1600 block of St. Genevieve in Farmington, MO, was arrested for refusal to disperse and unlawful assembly. -Rebecca Ragland, 46, of the 1100 block of Pine Tree Lane in Webster Groves, MO, was arrested on the charges of refusal to disperse and failure to move a vehicle obstructing the flow of traffic. -David Rodriguez, 26, of the 6200 block of 92nd Place in Oak Lawn, IL, was arrested for refusal to disperse and unlawful assembly.
End of update.
Arrested clergy - pastor Rebecca #Ferguson— Cassandra (@CassandraRules) November 20, 2014
At least five arrests so far in Ferguson, including one person wearing an orange vest reading "clergy."— Alan Blinder (@alanblinder) November 20, 2014
Update, 10:30 a.m.: Here's video taken by Masri before he was arrested: In one of his final interviews before his withdrawal from the media, Knowles told Al-Jazeera he regrets telling reporters in August that there was "no racial divide" in Ferguson.
Action at Ferguson PD lot most in awhile, but relatively tame. Saw one arrest (@bassem_masri). Otherwise, both sides relatively restrained— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) November 20, 2014
"I'm obviously very, very much regretting having said that," he told Al-Jazeera, "but I think people, again, need to recognize that those divides, those differences [don't] mean this community didn't have good race relations before this happened."