Police Use Tear Gas on Ferguson Protesters, Arrest Reporters and Officials, As Nation Watches on Twitter
Tonight, I watched a live stream from a KARG Argus Radio reporter in Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown was shot to death earlier this week. The footage showed heavily armed police calling for the media to turn off their cameras. Then the police advanced on a crowd of protesters using a sonic weapon the reporter described as "earsplitting," threw tear gas, and, according to the reporter's narrative, fired rubber bullets into the crowd—and into neighboring homes. Here's the video.
Ferguson, MO, USA - Tactical officers work their way north on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo., clearing the road of residents, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (Credit Image: © Robert Cohen/MCT/ZUMA Wire)
St. Louis Alderman Antonio French was on the ground tonight, recording the scene on Vine.
Multiple sources have reported that he has been arrested. [UPDATE: Antonio French released this morning.]
Just confirmed with his partner. @AntonioFrench has been arrested.
Police have arrested Antonio French, an alderman of the city of St. Louis http://t.co/y3UpJ5BzEU via Reddit
Citizen journalism by @AntonioFrench has been biggest public service I've ever seen. Appalled, not surprised, at reports he's been detained
Democratic Committeewoman of Ferguson Township Patricia Bynes was also on the ground in Ferguson.
Many people were questioning why #Ferguson wasn't trending nationally on Twitter.
There is definitely a new curfew in #Feeguson Police shut most roads down by 5 pm today. Residents: How are we supposed to get home?
Myia, in her nurse's uniform, and Ivory. Hit with rubber bullets and tear gas for trying to pick up Ivory's kids. pic.twitter.com/7C4yQSb6jD
STL County Police Chief Belmar: "We've done everything we can to demonstrate a remarkable amount of restraint." pic.twitter.com/97AcVPPZGK
Officer to reporter trying to do a live shot nearby me: "Get down! I'll look bad if you get shot." #Ferguson
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was silent most of the evening, and finally weighed in. Sort of.
No response from the president so far.
Jarrett and AG Holder briefed POTUS on #Ferguson, with another briefing slated for tmrw, WH says.
Ferguson is an illustration of fact that for black people, federalism and local control often means means neglect and repression.
All we can do right now is to keep witnessing.
Watch the narrative. I'll keep saying that because IT IS IMPORTANT. #Ferguson
Police response in #Ferguson is a very public demonstration of state power. They know world is watching and continue. They want us to see
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