Officials discuss second night of protests in Ferguson, MIssouri. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Forty-four people were arrested during a second, calmer night of demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in August, police said early on Wednesday. "A group of rioters went on Church Street to City Hall, broke out several windows of the city hall and then badly damaged a Ferguson police car that was parked in front of the city hall. That happens also to be the only place we deployed tear gas this evening," said Jon Belmar, St. Louis County Police Chief at the overnight news conference in Ferguson. Police said they worked together with peaceful demonstrators. "We came out and worked in partnership. You know a lot of protesters that came out for peaceful protests were actually assisting us tonight. But once again there are those that are stuck on violence, that embed themselves with the peaceful protesters," said Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ronald Johnson. Belmar went on to say that pieces of concrete, and other projectiles were confiscated, as well as a weapon. "We were able to seize a molotov cocktail in the area of Church Street near the city hall. There was an arrest made regarding that. I have the actual molotov cocktail here with me on the truck. We also seized a nine millimeter semi automatic pistol," Belmar said. Some 2,000 National Guard troops dispatched to the St. Louis area helped police stave off a second night of rioting and arson. President Barack Obama appealed for dialogue, and his attorney general promised that a federal probe into the shooting of the 18-year-old Brown in August would be rigorous.