Last night in Ferguson was relatively peaceful.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, there were six arrests overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning. Compare that to Tuesday night, when there were 47 arrests, or Monday night and early Tuesday morning when there were nearly 80. "We didn't have as many of the agitators," Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is in charge of security on the streets of Ferguson, told reporters at a 1:30 a.m. press conference Thursday.
"Tonight, the radios were mostly quiet," Johnson said, according to CBS. "There were no Molotov cocktails, no fires, no shootings. Tonight, we deployed no smoke, no tear gas, and no mace." It was "a very good night," he said.
In part, the calm may be attributable to a stormy night:
But 11 days into the protests, perhaps there's hope that some of the anger fueling the violence has dissipated. Last night, around 100 local clergy members were on the scene urging peace. Here's more from the Post-Dispatch:
About 100 St. Louis area clergy members wore bright orange "Clergy United" T-shirts as they walked with protesters. They made up at least half the crowd and got much of the credit for keeping the night calm.
"When things heat up we don't mind jumping into the middle of the fuss because we know who watches us," said Pastor Doug Hollis.
Protesters also counseled each other to stay civil and avoid giving police officers a reason to use tear gas—which was avoided Tuesday night and again on Wednesday night.
One exception to the calm came when two protesters arrived on West Florissant Avenue carrying signs supporting the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown on Aug. 9. But while things became tense at the scene, nothing more came of it than yelling and a single thrown water bottle.