ST. LOUIS -- Three men who said they've been involved with protests in Ferguson since the beginning unveiled a list of demands at a press conference on Friday, calling for immediate Department of Justice intervention and an end to "militarized policing."
Rapper Tef Poe, St. Louis activist Taurean Russell and Kansas City resident Jeffery Hill Jr. said they've been in Ferguson since Aug. 9, the day Michael Brown was shot to death by police Officer Darren Wilson. Although days of violent clashes between police and protestors have given way to two relatively calm nights of protest, Poe and Russell said anger is not diminishing.
"They don't want to employ us, so we have nothing but time on our hands," said Russell.
The protesters said their list had been drawn up in consultation with the local Organization for Black Struggle, the Hands Up, Don’t Shoot Coalition, and Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment.
The demands include a large-scale Justice Department investigation into policing practices across north St. Louis County, the arrest of Wilson, an independent prosecutor in the Brown case, and an end to the heavily armed police presence at the protests.
At least one of those demands was set to be partially fulfilled on Friday, as Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) announced the continued withdrawal of the National Guard.
Poe said St. Louis-area organizers are calling on college freshman across the country to walk out of class on Monday -- the day that was to be Brown's first day of college, but will instead be his funeral.