Ferguson’s police chief thought marching with protesters demanding for his resignation would ease ire surrounding Michael Brown’s August killing.
It made things worse.
A Thursday night march in the St. Louis suburb turned violent after demonstrators realized Police Chief Thomas Jackson was walking among them in civilian clothes, NBC News reported.
Furious after a Ferguson cop shot and killed the unarmed teen last month, the protesters marched outside of police headquarters and called for the chief to step down: They even hung a “Chief Jacka– Resign” sign outside of the station.
Jackson apologized to Brown’s family earlier Thursday — weeks after the 18-year-old’s Aug. 9 death.
Riot cops quickly swooped in to protect the chief from the frustrated protesters. Several people were arrested in the chaos.
“His very presence agitated the crowd,” Alderman Antonio French said.
The protest continued into the early hours Friday — even after Jackson left the scene — as police formed a wall and demonstrators stood a safe distance away, chanting “No justice! No sleep!”
The latest violence comes two days after two businesses suffered damage as anger simmered over the destruction of the makeshift memorial to Brown, which burned down under suspicious circumstances.
Also Thursday, a report claims the man overseeing Ferguson’s public relations in the wake of the Brown shooting once shot and killed an unarmed man.