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After Forcing Ferguson Protesters to March in Confined Protest Area, Tear Gas Again

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Protesters Monday night.
It started out as a day of walking and ended up a night of gas, gunshots and a protester who came back to the scene just to pick up the trash left by his fellow protesters.

"Keep moving!" barked a police officer at a protester who stopped on the street to talk to a friend.

That was the rule Monday afternoon: Keep moving, and you can protest. Stop, and you'd be subject to arrest. For most of the day, protesters marched back and forth on the West Florissant sidewalk between Canfield Drive and Ferguson Avenue. They weren't allowed to go any further. And walking into the street could mean a night in jail.

Not everybody appreciated the rules, especially in the August heat. As the day went on, protesters complained about the restrictions on the protest set forth by police.

"Martin Luther King wouldn't have done it like this," shouted a frustrated protester. "He'd keep on going!"

Despite disagreeing with the rules, he, along with many others, kept marching on. But the overall sentiment was that the police were simply tiring the protesters out so they would leave sooner. And many felt the rules -- being told where to walk, told not to stand on the sidewalk, and even told not to sit in front of a closed business -- was just an attempt to curb their First Amendment rights.

See all Riverfront Times coverage of Michael Brown and Ferguson.

In front of a closed dentist office, several people sat down in a shaded area, resting their feet and taking in some shade. Every few moments, fellow protesters would come by to warn them they could be arrested if they sat down too long.

Deborah, who asked Daily RFT not to use her last name, was taking a seat in front of a closed dentist office.

"I think the way they're handling the protest is unconstitutional," said Deborah. "They have not given us a reason why we have to walk. They've not said anything to us. How is that legal, what they're doing to us?"

She added: "Just give us our rights -- they're stripping it again right now. But there's a way to end this: Arrest the officer."

"We all want justice for Mike Brown," said Michelle Pierce, who was also taking a break from the sun. "We've all been out here, protesting, being peaceful, so we should be able to remain out here. And we just want the officer arrested for murder. He shot [Brown] six times, so he ought to be arrested for murder."

Police cruisers started driving up and down the street with more frequency. Another protester came by to warn those sitting by the dentist office that police were making sweeps and arresting those who have congregated. Ernestine Hudson, 64, slowly got up.

"My legs are tired and my knees are tired, but I'll keep walking," she said. "And I'm gonna walk real slow, too."

A younger man who had been sitting nearby also got up.

"You go ahead and walk as slow as you want, sister," he said. "And I'm gonna walk right with you."

But as the night went on the rules loosened, and the police presence increased drastically. During the day, city and county cops in regular uniform patrolled the area and sat in cars or SUVs. But around dusk, the military presence that has become a symbol of the Ferguson protests took over.

Seemingly, police have tried something a little different each night. And on Monday, they blocked off both ends of West Florissant between Ferguson Avenue and Canfield Drive with several armored trucks and 100 to 150 riot-gear police. And as the night went on, things became tense -- something many protesters attribute to the militarized might that dominates the protest scene each night in Ferguson.

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Michael Wall
Michael Wall

What a piece of trash.... you had one job! One job ... you treasonous disgrace! You signed up for the Army? How dare you question your Commander in Chief. No one pays you to think but the government is paying you in this picture you two timing sham!!!! Where's the chain of command to kick you back in line?

Steve Miller
Steve Miller

It's troubling that it's often difficult to tell whether the news photos are from the Middle East or Ferguson.

Micheal Cochran
Micheal Cochran

Our founding fathers gave us the right to overthrow our government. Did you forget its we the people....

Mac Laoch
Mac Laoch

Get this POG out of here. Stop embarrassing us you motard. Trying to get attention. It's soldiers like you that cost a lot of time writing concealing statements for. Damn it. Military barring and keep yourself out of the media.

almonjer1
almonjer1

With Trayvon Martin the FAD was the black hoodie, now with Mike Brown the FAD is hands up in the air-what will it be for the next Black kid that gets shot...?

WHAT BLACK PEOPLE NEED TO HEAR
This is WHY Black people continue to get shot at such a high rate. Nelly had the opportunity to stand up for Blacks when he was racially profiled at a mall, like all the other rappers in similar situations-he chose lining his pockets with MORE $ instead. This is what he is doing in Ferguson making money off of a dead Black kid as Jay Z and Beyoncé did off of Trayvon Martin's death.
What's going on in the BLACK community that is causing these shootings:

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/motowns-road-to-ruin/story-e6frezz0-1226426121204?nk=85951bb00ab8b8e2968cc86350438a15


IT'S MLK vs AL SHARPTON, JESSE JACKSON, AND JAY Z





 This is what happens to a people STUPID enough to follow Al Sharpton, Jay Z, Jesse Jackson etc. Yesterday Trayvon Martin, today Mike Brown, tomorrow YOUR KID-simple as that and you deserve it for being so SORRY. Did Dr. King behave as the Black leaders you follow today? He behaved exactly OPPOSITE of them-look at what MLK got us and what these con-men got THEMSELVES (rich off of YOUR money and misery).
400 YEAR AGO THESE "LEADERS" WOULD HAVE BEEN SELLING BLACKS INTO SLAVERY FOR BAGS OF SALT AND BUCKETS OF SWEETS.

When do we Blacks learn?
http://www.reddit.com/r/news/comments/2do767/black_leadership_is_responsible_for_mike_browns/

https://twitter.com/THENEWBLACKWAY

SOME PEOPLE ARE TOO STUPID TO BE SAVED...

WebSpeak Ezine
WebSpeak Ezine

And the people should not have to wage war on the government. Plus, in Ferguson, MO people from the outside where jumping to conclusions before the facts are in.

Brad Brookhart
Brad Brookhart

+1 Greg ...ty for both your comments. The second post made me feel really good, and restored a little bit of something that I've been missing.

Jessica Hampton
Jessica Hampton

Haha I've never seen any of those movies. This whole incident, while tragic, has just blown up and turned into a whole different animal. The media is just LOVING it too. Maybe if we stopped giving the criminals so much attention, things would quiet down. Then you got ppl that want to make it a racial thing, as if that's the only possible reason he was killed. *sighs, shoulder shrug I think maybe the cop either just panicked or was really angry from being attacked and let his emotions get the best of him. The evidence won't lie though. We'll see!

Eric McGee
Eric McGee

This looks like a war huh.....someone needs to tune this little bastard up and then turn him over to his command.

Kirke Beall
Kirke Beall

Regardless of the officer knowing about it, that man robbed a store and treated a hard working store owner like he was nothing. There are also consequences for the officer. What if he were to have treated you or a loved one like that? It's sad that everyone feels sorry for the robber.

Stephanie Hafertepe
Stephanie Hafertepe

Perhaps if he were in the group of cops that are being shot at,fire thrown....ect...he would realize the "thugs"declared the "fight" noone else but them.

繭月
繭月

But that's just it though, Black people are not now, nor have we ever, been citizens of the so-called United States of AmeriKKKa. From day one, we have been prisoners of the war of White Supremacy. The Emancipation Proclamation was merely a deal struck between Southern slave owners and the US government to transfer ownership of slaves. We were never set free. We were merely set loose.

Ashpit Digger
Ashpit Digger

RFT is as bad as the Huffington Post, only posts stories to incite negative views. I have noticed one or two token positive stories about volunteers or organizations trying to help the people of Ferguson.

Reed Paladino
Reed Paladino

Insurance doesn't cover looting. They're destroying people's livelihoods.

Richard Robert Smits
Richard Robert Smits

I say the people should keep doing what they are doing it's about time the people strike back we need more of this ! All the shop owners don't give a fuck they have insurance for a reason so burn the bitch down and blame ..... Bush or Obama

John Evans
John Evans

Well Diana, there is one person who did know about the robbery - Michael Brown. Maybe that's why he attacked the cop.

John Evans
John Evans

Oh so you don't like the way things are unfolding on the street of Ferguson? Here's a thought: Go the fuck home. Stop being part of the problem.

Rebecca Burkes
Rebecca Burkes

Kirk bealle.. When you get done theft does not equal death.. At 18 did you get killed for poor decisions??? The punishment does not fit the alleged crime.. It is wrong to steal. It is wrong to kill.. What bible do you read?

im6autu
im6autu

Those ppl were closed off and mass gassed... And the cops call it a success

Andy Kentch
Andy Kentch

Is this an ice bucket challenge photo?

John Blecha
John Blecha

If thats the story your supposed to bein keeping the peace. Traitor.

Donna Bunch Rice
Donna Bunch Rice

Well perhaps the "people" should act like responsible ADULTS and stop this nonsense rioting and looting and let the residents have their town and community back.

Vs Reigin
Vs Reigin

What next ninjaz wit ak47s'???....

Diana Scheve
Diana Scheve

And shame on you RFT for putting up a picture that would provoke more hate in your own city. We have enough of that without this kind of stuff

Diana Scheve
Diana Scheve

Lots of hate going around everywhere. Everyone who says something hateful is apart of perpetuating all this. Take a chill pill and give this time for facts to come together

Valerie Ler'Schea
Valerie Ler'Schea

And residents of a community shouldn't tear their town up as if it iS a war zone

Jane Breen
Jane Breen

Seems like they are damned if the do.... And damned if they don't .... This entire situation has been full of mixed signals and actions.... Both sides... Stop already!

Diana Scheve
Diana Scheve

The officer did not know about the robbery. He was shot while unarmed. That is a little extreme of a taking responsibility. What do you think should happen for a joint?

Darrell Ford
Darrell Ford

And I don't think the people should wage war on the policemen,,,

Brian Clay
Brian Clay

Wraps a towel around his face, and stands in an empty parking lot. OMG WAR IS HELL!!!!

TommyandMiko Hartzel
TommyandMiko Hartzel

what an embarrassment to the military. myself and other fellow vets will be glad to stand in your place.... right after a private discussion with this idiot.... where is the chain of command here? probably just a shit stain that looted a military surplus store.....

Nick Brekalo
Nick Brekalo

Pretty sure they don't use tear gas in war

Skyler Tenter
Skyler Tenter

And he is an idiot. Apparently he's never been to war. He may have been deployed, but he has no idea how bad war actually is.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

"And we just want the officer arrested for murder. He shot [Brown] six times, so he ought to be arrested for murder."

This comment alone is proof of the uneducated retards police are dealing with. Lady you might as well prepare to walk along the streets every night forever getting gassed because I guarran-fucking-tee that this cop is NEVER going to be charged with murder. Get a fucking clue.

Elizabeth Grill
Elizabeth Grill

Its not fucking war! We have rule of law for the good of us all and people are CHOOSING to disregard it.

houdinii
houdinii

"At least 78 protesters were arrested Monday night into Tuesday morning for refusing to disperse, unlawful use of a weapon and interfering with a police officer, records say. That total more than doubles that reported by the Missouri Highway Patrol early Tuesday morning after protests subsided. The patrol reported that 31 people had been arrested.

"Jail records say more than 40 of those arrested are from the St. Louis region and parts of Missouri, but that at least 13 have addresses outside the region including Chicago; Des Moines, Iowa; New York City; Huntsville, Ala.; Washington, D.C.; and San Diego, Calif." Stltoday.com

A reporter, joelcurrier, for stltoday.com stated in a tweet: 16% of arrestees in #ferguson protesters since Aug. 13 from outside #STL area including 2 Rev.Communist Party members http://bit.ly/1Bznqio

David M. Donovan
David M. Donovan

Dude has no idea what war is. Keep playing call if duty and pretending to be Rambo in the guard.

Dennis Mathews
Dennis Mathews

I think David got his information from the bottom if a Cracker Jack box. Good to know there is yet another person spouting off false information.....

Jeff Glassner
Jeff Glassner

How is it waging war on people when the people are throwing Molotov cocktails at the police and destroying public as well as private property?

andynukem
andynukem

Last I checked, exercising freedom to assemble and protest isn't the same as looting. I think many on here are conflating the two issues...

melakoma
melakoma

the residents and community of ferguson is over 75% black, you giant tool, they have the legitimate right and reason to be out there protesting. Also, i like how you put quotations over 'people' because that just insinuates that you're a racist asshole.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

So you discount all possibilities that the 'gentle giant' might have actually been attacking the cop? You know just like he did to the 4'2" immigrant grocer who has since had his fucking store looted and burned? No your right the cop should have just given the gentle giant a twinkie, a pat on the back and some encouragement for when he started skoo the next week. He was a 'model citizen, he didn do nuffin', same fucking story every fucking time someone in the inner city is caught being an asshole, especially when they are shot in the process, and some asshat shoves a microphone in the families face. Why can't people be fucking honest? Why do we have to fucking sugarcoat this shit??! Why not do the same thing all of these protesters should be doing, grow a brain, shut the fuck up and wait for the fucking facts to come in?

melakoma
melakoma

TUESDAY 8/19: Ferguson PD presented a table full of fabricated evidence at this morning’s press conference - allegedly seized from protesters and stopped cars. The Colt 45 Molotov with a white bandana was the crowning glory, turns out you can’t even buy glass 40’s in Missouri. when is the last time you've seen black people use a molotov, lets be real. 
also, for clarifcation, it is illegal in the state of IL to have glass bottled 40s.
and wowie look at that : 
https://38.media.tumblr.com/e38b2aa27253fc4fed077f09a45f062a/tumblr_nahm36iSuD1rfgl02o1_1280.png
I tried to tell y’all who’s behind the fireworks (to cause confusion), molotov cocktails, agitating police, being belligerent and ESPECIALLY the LOOTING. it's not the people of ferguson. PROTESTS IN #FERGUSON HAVE BEEN INFILTRATED BY HATE GROUPS. They come to stir up shit, then sit back and blame the protesters". white racists, not surprised. 

melakoma
melakoma

you want facts, ok ill give you some facts.

1. Ferguson, Missouri has a population of approximately 21,000 people — roughly 75% of those residents are Black

2. The Ferguson police department has around 530 cops —less than 5 of them are Black

3. Ferguson had *zero* homicides for all of 2014 —until Michael Brown was murdered by Darrin Wilson

4. Things you should know: Five Myths About Black-on-Black Crime 

5. Michael Brown was 18yrs old and was about to begin college. Brown had no criminal record, and despite the Ferguson PD’s smear campaign, Mike Brown PAID FOR the cigars 
those facts are all important and should be known, but even if Brown was a high school dropout with prior arrests who stole the cigars, 1) it wouldn’t have made his life any less valuable, 2) we have a court system and those are not capital offenses and 3) it doesn’t change the fact that the cop who killed him, Darren Wilson, had no idea about Brown’s personal history when he executed Brown. Wilson saw only a Black teen deemed either “too uppity” or “suspicious” because of his skin color

6. Five examples: The Militarization of the police 

7. It’s deeply Institutional: Police view Black Children As Less Innocent 

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