Protests Thursday in Ferguson were smaller than previous nights, continuing the trend of the last couple of nights in the St. Louis suburb. Gov. Jay Nixon said he would withdraw the Missouri National Guard unit he sent to Ferguson on Monday, the last time police officers in riot gear fired tear gas into unruly mobs.
Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill went to bat for area businesses. The Democratic senator is promoting a social media campaign, #ShopFerguson, meant to boost local businesses that have suffered amid unrest stemming from the Aug. 9 police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
“I worry about the health and vibrancy of this community, too, as much as I worry about the safety and fairness, and the way people are treated,” McCaskill said. “I hate to see all these great small businesses in Ferguson suffering so terribly.”