LIVE: Ferguson Protesters Break Curfew, Face Off With Police
For the first time since unrest started over the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed eighteen-year-old, Ferguson is now under curfew after Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency.
Danny Wicentowski Protesters in Ferguson out past curfew.
Ferguson residents and protesters have reacted angrily to the curfew, which starts at midnight and goes until 5 a.m., as they have to most police interventions during the long, tense week of standoffs, rioting and looting. Many demand to know the consequences if they break the curfew -- will police shoot rubber bullets, pepper pellets and tear gas, like on other nights? Will they go further, finally employing the snipers stationed on armored vehicles near the protests?
3 a.m. - That's all she wrote, folks. Our reporters are at the office getting something together from tonight, so check back with us for more later. Good night.
2: 50 a.m. - Johnson, the commander at the scene, says police got a report of a shooting victim near QuikTrip. Police deployed tear gas at Red's BBQ to get protesters back so first responders could rescue the victim.
Johnson says police were prepared to stay back until the shooting. He said the decision to use tear gas and increased police presence was due to protesters using guns, not breaking curfew.
I can tell you firsthand that some of the people that remained tonight were armed. Were ready for a fight. And wanted to injure police.— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 17, 2014
The shooting victim is in critical condition in the hospital, and protesters transported the victim to the hospital. It's not clear if the victim is a protester or bystander. St. Louis County police will investigate. (See more below at 1:01 a.m.)
A police car was also shot at, Johnson says. Police made seven arrests with the charge of failure to disperse.
"I can tell you I was disappointed in the actions of tonight," Johnson told reporters just before 3 a.m. "The crowds we've had for the last two nights were citizens obeying, protesting."
There was no looting, he said.
1:59 a.m. - Oh, it was tear gas after all, y'all.
1:45 a.m. - Our reporters on the ground in Ferguson are leaving and coming back to the RFT office, saying the crowd has dispersed after gas was fired and rain picked up again. They seem shocked to hear police are claiming they threw smoke, not tear gas.
I hear police are saying it wasn't gas. Bullshit. #Ferguson— Ray Downs (@RayDowns) August 17, 2014
Tear gas sucks.— Mitch Ryals (@mitchryals) August 17, 2014
Here's what Ferguson looked like as we left:
The last in#Ferguson pic.twitter.com/y6sLvuPV54— Mitch Ryals (@mitchryals) August 17, 2014
1:30 a.m. - Rumors are spreading that Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter and a St. Louis native, was arrested. They're not true.
Finally home. See you tomorrow #Ferguson.— Jack (@jack) August 17, 2014
Can't find Jack Dorsey, I've seen about 30 people get arrested in the last half hour. He might have been taken in. Will update. #Ferguson— The Tech CEO (@TheTechCEO) August 17, 2014
Jack Dorsey is with me, possibly will be arrested. We are both after curfew right now, riot police 50ft in front of us #Ferguson— The Tech CEO (@TheTechCEO) August 17, 2014
It appears the co-founder of Twitter was not arrested RT @jenn_if_er people on the scene are also reporting that Jack was just escorted out.— Michael Flavin (@michaelflavin) August 17, 2014
STL County Jail does not have Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey in custody. #Ferguson— Paul Szoldra (@PaulSzoldra) August 17, 2014
KSDK (Channel 5) says Dorsey was not arrested, simply escorted away like French (below).
1:22 a.m. - Police did take Alderman Antonio French away for a moment, but he was not arrested. He's on Fox2Now right now.
Police escorted @AntonioFrench out of crowd. I asked if they pulled him out of car. He said they asked politely.— William H. Powell (@WPowell19) August 17, 2014
1:15 a.m. - Arrests begin.
A couple of folks have been arrested and loaded into a van. pic.twitter.com/eJIHjBHNNB— William H. Powell (@WPowell19) August 17, 2014
Information is hard to gather because journalists are limited to where they can stand. There's also lots of misinformation and rumors spreading rapidly on Twitter. Careful, St. Louis.
--- 1:09 a.m. - More "tear gas." Police say it's smoke, not tear gas, but still burns your eyes.
It was tear gas I was right in the middle of it. same as at night. unmistakable— Amy K. Nelson (@AmyKNelson) August 17, 2014
More tear gas being shot down Canfield.— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 17, 2014
--- 1:01 a.m. - Someone has been shot.
Protesters retreat. More.tear.gas. #Ferguson— Danny Wicentowski (@D_Towski) August 17, 2014
Man shot in leg. Just taken to hospital in car pic.twitter.com/DdMBc9l0vp— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) August 17, 2014
Lots and lots of smoke canisters fired, and there are flares in streets. The police line has not moved.
At least 15 gunshots just now. Cars speeding off, engines roaring. Police sirens. #Ferguson— joelcurrier (@joelcurrier) August 17, 2014
Molotov Cocktail tossed at Chop Suey restaurant, stomped out by protestor! #Fergurson— Marvin Bing (@MarvinBing) August 17, 2014
12:48 a.m. - Tear gas fired at protesters. It's smoke, cops say. Journalists/leaders say that's a lie.
I tasted it and this was a lie RT @mattdpearce Police liaison tells press it's all been smoke, not gas.— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) August 17, 2014
12:40 a.m. - Police are moving forward, starting with armored vehicles. The protesters are chanting loudly and discordantly, "Hands up, don't shoot."
Police make the first announcement: "This is the police department. You are violating the state-imposed curfew." Leave or face arrest "and/or other actions," police say.
Things are moving fast.
There is a fire in the street.— William H. Powell (@WPowell19) August 17, 2014
About 150 almost entirely young men up and down W Florissant waiting in the street ready for police #Ferguson— Umar Lee (@STLAbuBadu) August 17, 2014
Here comes the gas. Police are warning journalists. The small group of protesters are not flinching.
"GAS! GAS! GAS!" Here we go.— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) August 17, 2014
Crowd chants "we are Mike Brown! We have the right to assemble peacefully!"— Julie Bosman (@juliebosman) August 17, 2014
12:35 a.m. - Police are gathering calmly away from protesters, near the businesses that were looted last night, including Feel Beauty Supply. A large crowd continues to gather just down the road. The chants have picked up again.
Cops withdrawing from positions, moving back to staging area at Ferguson ave. #Ferguson— Danny Wicentowski (@D_Towski) August 17, 2014
#Ferguson police lining up, protesters have moved part of the way up street yelling is louder— David Carson (@PDPJ) August 17, 2014
Crowd begins moving up West Florissant, chanting. "No justice, no curfew." Police seem ready. #Ferguson— Julie Bosman (@juliebosman) August 17, 2014
12:20 a.m. - Still no violence. Police are gathering. People are chanting.
About 150 people are out on the streets in violation of curfew, according to police radio. Can hear chants of "we ready" at end of street— Joel D. Anderson (@blackink12) August 17, 2014
Protesters have learned from police and are setting up their own blockade.
Demonstrators have made a barricade of cars across West Florissant. https://t.co/29966Xz4f2— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 17, 2014
More updates on the next page.