FERGUSON, Mo. - "Tonight was a very good night in Ferguson." Those were the opening remarks made by Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at a media briefing Thursday morning, describing a calmer mood among protestors and law enforcement.
The crowds have lessened in recent days, Johnson said, and authorities did not notice any agitators among the protestors as they had in previous nights. When asked if Wednesday night's heavy rains helped keep more people away, Johnson said authorities noticed calmer crowds prior to the weather moving in.
Police did not deploy any tear gas, smoke, or mace during Wednesday's night's protesting session, Johnson said.
Only six people were arrested, some for failure to disperse, Johnson said.
Around 8 p.m, police responded to the corner of W. Florissant Avenue and Canfield Drive after a bottle was thrown and struck an officer, Johnson said. The officer was not injured.
Also Wednesday, a Caucasian couple carrying signs of support for Officer Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, was spotted walking among the largely African-American contingent of protestors. Police were swift to remove the couple from the scene.
Johnson, who met with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder earlier Wednesday, said the nation's top cop was impressed with the drop in tension. According to Johnson, Holder said this was a great example of community policing. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon visited the law enforcement command center around 7 p.m.
Information from USA TODAY was used in this report.