As America prepares for a second night of violence in Ferguson Missouri, the Saint Louis County Police Department has set up two phone lines to handle donations from community members to officers that are working to regain the peace despite the harsh cold weather expected for the night.
On Monday night, protesters turned violent after a grand jury determined that officer Darren Wilson was justified in shooting Michael Brown after the hulking man attacked him. As a result of the riots, authorities have arrested 61 individuals and seized multiple weapons as rioters fired automatic weapons, looted and set fire to buildings.
Hand and foot warmers, Chapstick, lotion, Dayquil, cough drops, Gatorade, and gift cards for hot meals are the items that the police officers patrolling the cold streets are asking for as the temperatures in Ferguson Missouri are expected to drop to 27 degrees or less.
The call for assistance from police officers was met with support from well-wishers and hundreds of individuals looking to donate. The show of support was seen through their Facebook post and twitter feeds.
Anyone wanting to donate to the police officers can call their phone lines at 314-267-0566 or 314-873-7968.
“We’d like to thank you for your support of the St. Louis County Police Dept and its officers,” the agency said through its social media page.
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