St. Louis Area Police, Protesters, Brace for More Protests

Protesters march Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protesters again gathered Thursday evening, walking in laps near the spot where Michael Brown was shot. Some were in organized groups, such as clergy members. More signs reflected calls by protesters to remove the prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, from the case. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2014 file photo, people protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Details may differ, circumstances of their deaths may remain unknown, but the outrage that erupted after the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of the unarmed, black 18-year-old by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has become a rallying cry in protests over police killings across the nation. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Yamiche Alcindor, USA TODAY

 

ST. LOUIS (USA Today) — Police and protesters spent Sunday gearing up for the culmination of a weekend of demonstrations in Ferguson and across St. Louis.

Protest organizers planned to stage several acts of civil disobedience at undisclosed places on what they called “Moral Monday.”

On Sunday, people protesting the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, by white police officer Darren Wilson gathered to discuss tactics and strategy but kept secret where and when the actions might take place. Police expressed frustration about the coming events and planned to have extra officers ready to respond as they learn of them of events.

“Police officers don’t like the unknown,” St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson said. “So anything that would impact the average person’s daily life concerns me. … Can I keep the public safe? Can I keep the officers safe? Can I keep some sense of normalcy in our community?”

The actions, which protesters have yet to describe, come on the last official day of “Ferguson October,” a four-day weekend of marches, rallies and meetings about social activism.

 

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