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Ferguson Protesters Defy State of Emergency Curfew and Fight Tear Gas

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Ray Downs
The last remaining protesters after several canisters of tear gas were launched.
The Ferguson protesters were given a 12 a.m. curfew Saturday night, a result of Governor Jay Nixon's declared state of emergency. Many went home before midnight. But approximately 100 other protesters said, "Fuck twelve."

For the most part, Saturday was a lively and peaceful protest with marches up and down West Florissant Avenue, several people shouting into bullhorns about "justice," and even families sitting in lawn chairs as they witnessed an historic moment in St. Louis history.

But throughout the day, many young people announced they would definitely not be forced away once the clock struck midnight. Vehicles with the words "Fuck 12" painted on the sides and windows drove down West Florissant Avenue, honking in support of protesters on the street as others would chant the straight-to-the-point slogan.

Once the curfew went into effect, things tensed up. Protesters weren't sure when police would start to force them away. For about an hour after midnight, protesters were allowed to peacefully assembly. But then the police pushed them out.

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"You are violating the state-imposed curfew. You must continue to disperse, or you will be subject to arrest," boomed a voice through a bullhorn from behind the bright police lights.

The protesters responded with shouts about their right to peaceful assembly, their freedom of speech, and started with annother round of what has become the signature chant of the Michael Brown saga: "Hands up! Don't shoot!"

And then the tear gas started.

Police shot several canisters toward protesters. But there was a much wider distance between protesters and police than on previous nights. That seemed to have allowed a few protesters extra time to see where the gas canisters landed, grab them and hurl them back toward the officers.

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Ray Downs
A protester throws a tear-gas canister back at the police who shot it.

After a barrage of tear gas, fewer than ten protesters remained. They still wanted to defy the curfew order. So instead of running away, they all held hands and raised them in the air, facing an armored truck and several officers dressed in military clothing and weapons.

Police fired tear gas at this last group of protesters, causing a few to leave.

"We still won, y'all! We still won!" a protester shouted at the cops.

There were seven arrests made early Sunday morning. It's not clear if any of these few remaining protesters early on Sunday were among those arrested.

During a predawn press briefing, Captain Ronald Johnson said tear gas was used because police received information that there were people in the crowd with guns on top of Red's Barbecue.

A man was shot and critically wounded during the tear-gassing.

Not long after the gassing, there were rumors that no tear gas was used. However, Captain Johnson confirmed that tear gas definitely used.

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James Madison
James Madison

Peaceful demonstrators should be able to do so without curfews. Round up the looters and violent offenders. Stop trying to intimidate the peaceful protestors!

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

hope they burn ferguson to the ground and them kill themselves! Damn savages!

IB Lurkin
IB Lurkin

Yes you can, educate yourself and know the laws before speaking . Ignorant comments and whiny punks who act out as if theyre throwing a temper tantrum ruin the community. Im sure its too late for your parents to spank some respect into you so now society and yes the Police have to raise you.

IB Lurkin
IB Lurkin

Im sure he'll have marijuana in his system, it seems like it's almost acceptable for some reason, but yes he could have another drug onboard (pcp or something), point being noone has patience. They are doing a great disservice to the community.

IB Lurkin
IB Lurkin

Krystol, alot of the shootings between young blacks are over things said, colors worn, streets lived on, or as simple as a look.

IB Lurkin
IB Lurkin

Anthony what about that statement is racist, back it down a notch, not everything is racist. Everybody yells racism so quickly that I get tired of hearing it.

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Garry Heith Dunn
Garry Heith Dunn

No you can't arrest him. Even if he was a civilian you couldn't arrest him. If he was infact being assaulted and he felt his life was in immediate danger you have the right to use any means necessary to stop the aggressor.

Joey Jay
Joey Jay

What if Michael Brown was on a drug that made him aggressive enough to bully a convenience store owner and then bum rush a cop pointing a gun at him? Point is, we don't yet know all the facts. Arrest the cop now (as you would any other murder suspect) and everyone go back home until we know more.

Barbara Henderson
Barbara Henderson

Sorry you live there but I think the cops should leave!! Let them destroy themselves! Then they have no one to blame but themselves

Barbara Henderson
Barbara Henderson

It's a black man killing a white man of course it not going to be all over the news!! Probably cause white people don't throw out the racist card every time something like that happens, and it happens A LOT!! White people also don't gather and destroy their neighborhoods when an injustice is done!

Barbara Henderson
Barbara Henderson

Sorry I don't understand your gibberish!!! Learn english! That's what we speak here in the United States!! What the hell does hella dirty dog mean? Do u have a dirty dog? Do you not have a better vocabulary that you can use instead of gibberish and profanity? Why don't you get off the streets and go back to school? Maybe you will also learn what real protesting is!!

Carrie Higgins
Carrie Higgins

Kill em,if they don't listen. They should be in bed for work tomorrow, Oh that's right them don't work! They live off the Gov. Stop their checks!

Vivian Brotherton
Vivian Brotherton

They did that on Thursday night (I think it was thur). Tons of looting and shooting after midnight. And of course, everyone bitched about the police not doing anything. I would say fine, pull the cops out, but I have to freakin live here!

Vivian Brotherton
Vivian Brotherton

I live here. The cop is guilty, but destroying the neighborhood is not the way to show it. This has to stop. I'm just glad that of all the people arrested over the last week, no one has been from Ferguson.

Joseph Jones IV
Joseph Jones IV

Fuck all THESE comments if they are not for the people of Ferguson. .To up lift them u can't kill a unarmed man period. ..Stupid Fucker I don't care what he did u can't do that!

Grant Smith
Grant Smith

You people of Ferguson are a disgrace to the civilized world, you should be utterly ashamed of yourselves and your behavior. Act like animals and you’ll be treated as such. In the meant time stop sitting around and blaming the rest of society for your own cultural failings, pull your pants up, stop axing people questions, have some self respect and quit disgracing this city. Maybe if you cared this much about black on black crime, education and proper grammar your community wouldn’t be in the sorry state that it is.

Eric Pinkston
Eric Pinkston

Honestly...if you your days as a thug, how can anyone be shocked that you die as one. Let me be real clear and state I do not validate any wrong actions of a Gestapo style police response. May Darren also receive a swift dose of justice as well. What I don't get is how people act as though this is something new....YOU DON'T SEE IT HAPPENING BEFORE YOU'RE OWN EYES? REALLY YOU ARE ALL ALLOWING OUR COUNTRY TO BE TAKEN ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP AND EVERYONE IS TOO SELF ABSORBED OR CHICKEN SHT TO STAND UP. ITS SYSTEMATICALLY BEING TAKEN ONE PIECE, ONE JOB AND ONE RIGHT AT A TIME. ..TO THE POINT IT HAS BECOME A CANCER TO ITSELF. WAKE THE FK UP. STOP CRYING AND ACY NOW WITH ALL YOUR HEARTS BEFORE THAT WHICH YOU DREAM OF IS ONLY REPLACED WITH HELLISH nightmares for you and your families.

Stephanie Mondaine
Stephanie Mondaine

Norm Manis is having a tantrum because people disagree with him. He said "Mike Brown" is dead because he tried to go above the law." Exactly and that cop said o no buddy I AM THE LAW. I AM THE JUDGE, JURY AND EXECUTIONER!

Dawn Rednour
Dawn Rednour

If the people of Ferguson don't want the police there then I say, make the police leave and see what happens then.We all know what will happen, stores being looted, robbed and burnt down.Then it will become just another piss poor getto..Do you really want that? Yes..there are dumbass people there but the community can't defend themselves against outsiders so what now? You can't have your cake and eat it too in this case.I say good people of Ferguson, stand up for yourselves but let the good police do their job as well.The combo of the 2 can make a difference.And to Obama..stfo out of it, not your barrel, not your problem..The people& officers can handle it way better than you ever could

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

They cant stand to hear or see the truth michael kyro! The DO NOT want to be held ACCOUNTABLE for ANYTHING!! The working peoples taxes pay for subsidized housing projects! For what??? Just so they can graffiti and tear them up!!Then they rebuild new ones and this just keeps happening over and over and over! Let them sleep on the concrete and asphalt if they want to destroy shit! Let them burn down all of the ghettos! Its not white people doing this to your people! Its the black thugs doing it! St. Louis is as bad as chicago, detroit, L.A! Get a grip! Its not the cops or white people destroying shit!! Its the damn thug ghetto mentality that is! You all need god in your hearts and stop trying to live out rap lyrics and movies and video games! This isnt grand theft auto! This isnt new jack city! This is real life! Go to church and seek god! Ask for him to guide you! He will teach you to act right! God bless and prayers out to those who are lost souls!

Michael Kyro
Michael Kyro

All ya gotta do is look at the statistics on crime, ..nationwide..and yeah...damn...they are broke down in black and white......hispanic and asian also.... speaks volumes ... time to be accountable.. it ain't the white man coming into your communities and turning them into shit holes.. infested with murders, robbery, rape drugs.and assaults.. the black / thug mentality sure is dope ain't it....tell me....am I lying ?... Its all public info..get on one of those stolem lap tops or Iphones and look for yourself....

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

it's called a "curfew", morons. don't want the police to "oppress" you? then go the f*ck home.

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

They dont want to hear the truth! They want to just keep saying the white man is holding us back! Its time to stop being reversed racists black people. Your race has every opportunity as anyone else! Its the ghetto blacks and naacp and black panthers that are holding you back and causing trouble! Not us! Stop trying to live out rap music lyrics and get god in your lives and have respect for yourselves as well as other people!

Michael Kyro
Michael Kyro

Why was the cop, who shot Brown treated for injuries? I've.read different accounts all the way up to he had a broken jaw..just what I've heard,..was the cop asaulted?.. and didn't he start to drive off then back up and THEN the physical part happened?....as per the witnesses own words?...I read the call with the description of the robbery suspect came in as the cop was leaving prompting him to come back to Brown, and in trying to detain Brown , was assaulted to the point he got his gun out, and the first shot or shots were fired inside the car as Brown fought with him....and then tried to flee....just what I heard...IF these accounts are true, well ..IT DOES MATTER.. and does have a besring on the shooting..how can it not...you really think that cop just shot Brown for NO reason...I really doubt it..... and if the shooting is proven as justified..well..communities of people are gonna look real stupid...and looked down on WAY more than they think they do now..

Dasha Fox
Dasha Fox

In every other police involved shooting, the officer is not charged and put in jail until it is proven he is guilty. He is placed on administrative leave and an investigation is done. Why would this case be any different? There is plenty of evidence already that has proven he was justified in his actions. I honestly believe if he was wrong and shot this guy for no reason, he should be punished. But it doesn't seem to be the way this story is heading.

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

David lakine hate me all you want. This douche is right and your like everyone else who cant stand to hear the truth!

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

Mike stein. Go get shot like mike brown you piece of shit. I worked hard to turn my life around! Fuckoff scumbag.

Krystol D. Trice
Krystol D. Trice

Hey Heather, I never claimed to have the official report about this, but we also don't know for a fact that this cop was doing his job correctly either. The investigation tell us that. If I mess up big time at work, my intentions of doing my job wouldn't matter if the mistake was big enough to be fired for.

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

We have white niggas as well! They are called white trash! Every race has niggas! They are the sponges of society. Freeloaders. Lazy, looking for handouts. Food stamp and welfare recipients who dont even try to contribute to society by working and being responsible! They just take take take!!!! Gimme and let me get died yesterday! Go get a job and earn things you want and stop taking robbing stealing! Not just the black race! All races!!!!

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

I think they should guard the businesses and leave the protesters alone. They are standing there with a camera. They are holding up signs. They are chanting. The protesters are not the problem. Ya got a million cops there.....put them in front of the stores! The cops just want the protesting to stop. They are taking away our rights.

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

Talk shit on me all you want to. People just cant stand to hear the truth!!!! Mike brown is dead because of mike brown!!! NOT BECAUSE OF THE OFFICER!!!!, ACCEPT THE TRUTH!!!!!

Krystol D. Trice
Krystol D. Trice

I'm looking at both sides of this situation. The protests and the riots would not have happen if they sent the cop to jail for what he did just like the police would do anyone else. They can conduct investigations when a shooting suspect is in jail. I'm all for 1st Ammendment rights. But what would the protesters miss out on if they had to leave at midnight? The curfew allowed more than enough time for everyone to finish their activities. However, I'm still against the idea of tear gas being used on people that did nothing wrong but stay outside. If you were only coming home from work after the curfew, would you get arrested or gassed too?

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

Krystol D. Trice the officer did his job correctly! Mike brown is dead because he is a piece of shit criminal who tried to go above the law! This is ridiculous!

Chris Woulfe
Chris Woulfe

Lets face it. The legal system will justify the shooting. Not saying it's fair or that it's right, history will repeats itself again. I would like to think justice will be served, just don't see it happening.

CV Dixon
CV Dixon

And this is coming from someone named "Norm Manis" \U0001f612. I don't agree with everything that is happening but Jesus that language you use "Norm"....

Kristen Wall
Kristen Wall

That's a quite an intelligent comment. And then people wonder why others make 'hella' assumptions...

CV Dixon
CV Dixon

Uh yeah and you have the cops that take part in drug deals and acting like no one will ever find out because I am a cop.Yeah "all cops" are angels. RIGHT!!! Nice try though.

msbabbit
msbabbit

Not everyone that shoots another is put in jail. Pleanty of shootings have evidence to support self-defense & no one is arrested. Its the same for cops.The reason he was not put in jail is because until there is evidence to support an unjustified shooting all cops are presumed to have made a justified shooting- thats why they are always placed on administrative leave until its determined. These people now are demanding to break the law and get by with it the same way Brown felt entitled to rough up the store clerk and steal as he damn well pleased,


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