WRAPUP 1-Ferguson protesters plan to clean up damaged store guarded by police
By Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister
FERGUSON, Mo. Nov 28(Reuters) - Protesters in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Friday planned to clean up a drugstore damaged in this week's racially charged rioting but a line of police and National Guard troops blocked the entrance.
The Walgreen Co. store was one of several buildings that were looted or burned on Monday after a decision by a grand jury not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in August.
Ferguson was quiet on Thursday night with National Guard troops and Humvees posted at previous trouble spots.
The National Guard had closed off a large parking lot in front of a Walmart store in north St. Louis Thursday night, as authorities anticipated the possibility of demonstrations there on Black Friday, the traditional opening of the holiday shopping season.
Ferguson became the focal point of a national debate on race relations after police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, 18, on Aug. 9. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating possible civil rights abuses and President Barack Obama has called for reflection on the difficulties minorities face in the country.
But for the most part, Ferguson was quiet on Thursday and protests also dwindled elsewhere in the United States as the Thanksgiving Day holiday and wintry weather kept many indoors.
In New York, at least seven people were arrested during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade through Manhattan, police said, after protesters had vowed on social media to disrupt the event to protest the Ferguson ruling.
In Los Angeles, about 90 protesters arrested earlier in the week were released in time for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. Continuación...