Ferguson families feeling 'trapped' by nightly protests

FERGUSON, Mo. - The turmoil in Ferguson is taking a toll on residents who live near the West Florissant Avenue area.

According to the St. Louis NAACP, there are hundreds of families in that area, specifically the Canfield Apartment complex, who are practically trapped in their homes due to everything that takes place each night.

Ferguson resident Roosevelt Murphy, 69, he rarely leaves his house after getting back from work in the afternoon.

"If you go out, you may not get back in," he said.

Murphy says he's become used to hearing loud noises at night.

Other neighbors complain of police blocking off their main access road.

Canfield resident Karon Johnson says the situation has not gotten better for his family.

"People are still looting, still making it hard for the people in the community that are trying to go get things that we need," he said.

The NAACP says it wants to help. It has made a request to Governor Jay Nixon and the county to provide local families who feel trapped more aid like food or other necessities.


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