FERGUSON, Mo. – Despite the unrelenting heat and humidity, authorities in Ferguson observed very little tension on the streets between protesters and law enforcement, Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.
"Good things happen when people calmly interact, and that's what is happening here," Johnson said.
A few groups of protesters, made up of 20 to 30 people, marched up and down West Florissant Avenue Friday night. One group stopped in the middle of the street, Johnson said, but moved from the roadway when asked by police. The largest group of protesters, about a hundred individuals, marched to the Ferguson Police Department and held a peaceful demonstration.
No incidents of violence occurred, Johnson said. No weapons were seized, no Molotov cocktails were thrown, and no shots were fired. Police did not deploy any smoke, tear gas, or mace.
"Tonight's lack of conflict is further proof that good things are happening in Ferguson," Johnson said.
The Missouri National Guard continued its pullout, as Captain Johnson reported a 20 percent draw down.