A cold and snowy night in Ferguson helped to keep problems to a minimum in the troubled Missouri city on a third day of protests following the grand jury’s no-indictment decision for police officer Darren Wilson.
Via USA Today:
Only two people were arrested on Wednesday evening in Ferguson in addition to three others who who were detained at a demonstration in nearby St. Louis earlier in the day, police said.
However, the situation in St. Louis could have been far worse if not for the success of an undercover police operation that foiled a bomb plot aimed at destroying a noted landmark. As reported at foxnews.com:
Two St. Louis men reportedly planned to blow up the city’s iconic Gateway Arch and kill two prominent figures in the Michael Brown shooting case in Ferguson, which has sparked protests nationwide.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Ali Davis were indicted last week on federal weapons charges but authorities expect more charges to be filed against the duo relating to the alleged plot.
According to the newspaper report, the two suspects allegedly bought what they believed was a pipe bomb in an undercover operation. The pair had reportedly planned to buy more of the “bombs” after one of their girlfriend’s government welfare Electronic Benefit Transfer cards had more money posted to it.
The men also allegedly had planned to kill St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, both officials involved in the Michael Brown shooting case.
Meantime, CNN reports that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, whom the grand jury decided not to indict for the shooting death of Michael Brown, has been forced to live his life in the shadows because of death threats.
…he’s stayed under the radar by moving from house to house, including briefly living with one of his lawyers, and spending time watching movies in dark theaters to avoid detection.
While Ferguson was relatively calm, elsewhere in the country on Thanksgiving Eve there were violent protests, especially in California, as we learn in a story posted on Yahoo! News:
At least 130 people who refused to disperse during a Los Angeles protest were arrested Wednesday night, while 35 people were detained in Oakland, California, following a march that deteriorated into unrest and vandalism, according to police officials.
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