FERGUSON, Mo. – The City of Ferguson is attempting to quell the nighttime violence by asking for nighttime quiet and reconciliation.
In a release issued by the city, officials are asking residents to stay home at night.
"We owe it to our children to be able to return to school and work together peacefully for Ferguson's future," the release says.
On Monday evening the Ferguson-Florissant School District announced it was delaying the first day of class for the third time in less than a week. School was originally scheduled to begin Thursday, Aug. 14, but it was pushed back to Monday, Aug. 18. When violence broke out again over the weekend, the first day was pushed back to Tuesday. On Monday evening the school district decided to delay class until Monday, Aug. 25.
Tuesday marks the 10th day of protests following the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot to death by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson Aug. 9. Preliminary autopsy results show Brown was shot at least six times.
At least 74 people were arrested overnight for failure to disperse. Police say they faced "heavy gunfire" and four police officers were injured when rocks and bottles were thrown at them. Two civilians were shot and two fires were set during Monday night's protests.
The release goes on to say city officials are meeting with residents and elected leaders to create long-term solutions to area concerns.
Read the entire letter below: