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Protests returned to Ferguson Mo. Tuesday night, after 200 residents gathered in the street to voice frustration and concern over the burning of Michael Brown’s memorial on Monday.

Brown, 18, was shot dead by Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. A grand jury has convened to determine if Wilson will be charged in Brown’s death. One of the makeshift memorials in honor of the slain teen was burned down earlier this week, near the spot where he was gunned down.

Police say fire officials are investigating the blaze.

But Tuesday night saw the return of the unrest that plagued the suburb in early days after Brown’s death. Windows were smashed at the Beauty Town at West Florissant Avenue and Canfield Drive, a fire was believed to be set at another store, and at least three people were arrested.

Police report hearing shots in the area, but no one was hit. In response to the demonstration, officers blocked the entrance of the Canfield Green apartments where Brown was fatally shot and his memorial burned.

From St. Louis Today:

Juan Santos, manager of Beauty Town, said this was the third time the store has been broken into since the fatal Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer touched off protests and looting.

Santos said the windows had been replaced just a week ago at a cost of $1,300. He got the boards from the basement and put them back on the newly smashed windows, saying he “will probably leave them up for a while now.”

The Ferguson Fire Department received a call about 11:20 p.m. Tuesday about a small fire outside the Whistle Stop and Depot Museum custard shop on Carson Road near South Florissant Road. Fire Capt. Jeremy Corcoran said Ferguson police used a garden hose attached to the building to put out the flames before the firefighters arrived. Firefighters took over to make sure the blaze was out.

Corcoran said the fire originated at an outside corner of the building. He said there was a strong smell of gasoline, and based on that and where the fire was located, he suspects it was intentionally set. The St. Louis County bomb and arson squad has been called to investigate, he said.

Police began clearing the street about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday along West Florissant, making at least three arrests. Some protesters threw bottles at police as they were being moved north on West Florissant toward Canfield Drive.

Residents in Ferguson have since rebuilt Brown’s memorial near the now-charred light pole it stood on. Missouri State Highway Patrol has yet to release information about Tuesday night’s arrests.


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