The Latest: Protest groups say Ferguson police were ‘antagonistic’

People come to the aid of a distraught woman after gunshots were fired near a protest in Ferguson, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. The one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson began with a march in his honor and ended with a protest that was interrupted by gunfire. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) – The latest in the events marking a year since the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri (all times local):

8:35 a.m.

The shooting of a suspect by plainclothes officers in Ferguson is drawing criticism from protest leaders.

The Ferguson Action Council is a coalition of organizations that have united in protests. Some members of the council released a statement critical of the police response during the Sunday night protest.

Kayla Reed of the Organization for Black Struggle says the force shown by police was “excessive and antagonistic.” She called it a “poor decision” for officers to be in plain clothes because it made it difficult for people involved in protests to identify police.

She and others were also concerned because police were not wearing body cameras. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says the department doesn’t have funding for body cameras for all of its nearly 900 officers.

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8:30 a.m.

Kansas City police arrested four people during a protest marking the anniversary of the police shooting that killed Michael Brown in Ferguson.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1DCb9yl ) dozens of protesters gathered near a shopping center Sunday evening. Police arrested four people who put tape across a roadway and lay down in the street. They were cited for blocking a roadway.

Protesters also gathered at another location in Kansas City on Sunday. Local pastor Michael Brooks said that protest was also to remember Ryan Stokes, a 24-year-old black man killed by Kansas City police in 2013.

Police said Stokes had a gun and didn’t obey commands to show his hands. Stokes’ family disputes that he had a gun and said he might not have heard the commands.

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6:00 a.m.

St. Louis County police say two young males have been injured in what appears to have been a drive-by shooting near a monument to Michael Brown, who was shot to death a year ago.

Spokesman Shawn McGuire said in an email that the 17-year-old and 19-year-old males told officers they were walking around 2:15 a.m. Monday near the Canfield Apartments in Ferguson, Missouri, when an unknown black man shot at them from the back of a passing vehicle.

McGuire says the 17-year-old was shot in the chest and shoulder and the 19-year-old was shot in the chest. He says both are being treated at a hospital and that neither has life-threatening injuries.

The shootings come as the St. Louis suburb marks the anniversary of the killing of Brown, a black 18-year-old, by a white Ferguson police officer.

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2:30 a.m.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says a man who opened fire on officers in Ferguson, Missouri, is in “critical, unstable” condition after being struck when the officers returned fire.

Belmar said at a news conference early Monday morning that plainclothes officers had been tracking the man, who they believed was armed, during a protest marking the anniversary of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Belmar says the man approached the officers, who were in an unmarked police van, and opened fire. The officers returned fire from inside the vehicle. They then pursued the man on foot.

The chief says the man again fired on the officers. All four fired back.

The man was taken to a hospital, where Belmar said he was in surgery. The man was not immediately identified.

Belmar says the police shooting happened shortly after dozens of shots rang out around 11:15 p.m. Sunday, as protesters were gathered on West Florissant Avenue. The crowd went running for cover.

Brown, who was black and unarmed, was fatally shot by white Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson. A grand jury and the U.S. Department of Justice declined to prosecute Wilson, but the shooting touched off a national “Black Lives Matter” movement.

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8:15 a.m.

The shooting of a suspect by plainclothes officers in Ferguson is drawing criticism from protest leaders.

The Ferguson Action Council is a coalition of organizations that have united in protests. Some members of the council, in a statement, were critical of police response during the Sunday night protest.

Kayla Reed of the Organization for Black Struggle says the force shown by police was “excessive and antagonistic.” She called it a “poor decision” for officers to be in plain clothes because it made it difficult for people involved in protests to identify police.

She and others were also concerned because police were not wearing body cameras. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says the department doesn’t have funding for body cameras for all of its nearly 900 officers.

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