Three Arrests Made in Restive Ferguson

     FERGUSON, Mo. (CN) – At least three people were arrested outside a Ferguson town hall meeting Thursday night as the city nears the first anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown.
     Mayor James Knowles III and a representative of the Department of Justice were answering written questions from the community.
     Jeff Small, a Ferguson spokesman, said the arrests came in an altercation between 20 to 30 protesters demanding that Knowles be recalled, and the mayor’s supporters. Members of each group made assault accusations, but there were no reports of physical injuries.
     A group seeking the recall came up 28 signatures short of starting the process in a petition. A member of that group filed a lawsuit in St. Louis County Court on July 1, claiming the Ferguson city clerk disqualified valid signatures.
     Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot to death former Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, on Aug. 9, 2014.
     The incident sparked months of often violent protests and brought the issues of race and excessive force by police into the national conscience.

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