"Last night through 2:00 a.m., the number of arrests were 47. Tonight, the number was six," Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson told press early Thursday morning.
Recent racial turbulence in Ferguson all stems from the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police nearly two weeks ago. Brown, who was unarmed, was shot six times.
For nearly two weeks, much of the country's focus has been set on protests, looting, and police force. But in the wake of Holder’s visit Wednesday, that focus could be shifting.
"There were no Molotov cocktails tonight, no fires, no shootings. We did not seize a single handgun. There were no confrontations," Johnson said. "And again tonight, police fired not a single bullet."
Holder met with Ferguson community leaders during his trip, and also visited with FBI and Justice Department investigators, who are conducting an independent federal review of the case. His hope: more peace, and a path forward.
"Our investigation is different from that which the state is doing," Holder said Wednesday. "We’re looking for violations of federal criminal civil rights statutes, which is different from what the local investigation is."
"That hopefully will have a calming influence on the area, if people know a federal thorough investigation is being done."