Associated Press

Associated Press
From a march in Ferguson on Aug. 15
Durrie Bouscaren I St. Louis Public Radio / St. Louis Public Radio

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government agreed to a police request to restrict more than 37 square miles of airspace surrounding Ferguson for 12 days in August for safety, but audio recordings show that 

local authorities privately acknowledged the purpose was to keep away news helicopters during violent street protests.

The St. Louis County police released the following statement in response: