Live Blog: 31 Arrested, 2 Shot, Police Under Attack in Ferguson

Categories: Michael Brown

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Danny Wicentowski
Police clear the streets after shots are fired.
Another long night begins.

After two nights under a state-mandated curfew failed to quell escalating violence in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb prepared Monday for a night without a curfew under the watchful gaze of the newest security force on the scene, the National Guard.

The atmosphere in Ferguson has already become a tense one, with protesters and journalists arrested. Clearly, police are strictly enforcing rules against gathering in certain areas, including a blanket ban on standing in demonstration on West Florissant Avenue.

As Ferguson prepares for its first night this week without a curfew, we'll be live updating this Daily RFT blog post with news from the scene and dispatches from our reporters on the ground. Check back with us throughout the night for the latest.

See all Riverfront Times coverage of Michael Brown and Ferguson.
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3 a.m. - OK, folks, that's all we have. Check back in the morning for our story on the Holocaust survivor arrested at a Michael Brown rally in Ferguson and more coverage of this awful, awful night. Take care of yourselves, St. Louis.
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2:21 a.m. - Press conference is starting. Our reporters are safely back at the office.

Police arrested 31 people -- some from as far away as New York and California -- that Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, Ferguson's police security leader, called "violent agitators" using peaceful protests as cover. Two men were shot.

Johnson said police came under heavy gunfire at the Canfield Green Apartments. Police confiscated two guns from a car with its windows down parked across from the media staging area. Despite being fired on, police did not discharge weapons, Johnson said.

Johnson made an emotional, nearly tearful plea to journalists not to glamorize violence or interfere with police operations.

"We can't have this," he told reporters. "We do not want to lose another life in this community."


Johnson said trouble began around 9:40 p.m., when a loud, non-aggressive group of protesters walked up to the police line. This had been happening all night as demonstrators weren't allowed to stop walking on West Ferguson Avenue, the main drag of late-night violence, but this time was different. The crowd grew large and unruly, and people in the middle and back of the crowd began throwing bottles.

Then came the gunshots. Then the rescue mission, when police sent a SWAT vehicle down West Florissant Avenue to clear the crowd and retrieve gunshot wound victims. Two fires were reported, in a business and in an empty home. And at the Canfield Green Apartments, "our officers came under heavy gunfire," Johnson said.

A step behind police and gunmen alike were journalists -- some with credentials, some without, some working for international outlets, some volunteers with an ambitious livestream -- racing for the best shot. Johnson did not apologize for detaining journalists, saying officers released them immediately once their credentials are verified.

"We do take some of you into custody," Johnson said. "In the midst of chaos, trying to move people up, we have to be safe. We have to be safe."

St. Louis County police tweeted photos of the items confiscated:


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1:55 a.m. - Ryan Deveraux, journalist for The Intercept, was detained:

Here are his last tweets, sent as others (see below) reported tear gas and rubber bullets at West Florissant Avenue and Northwinds Estates:

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1:23 a.m. - A harrowing account from the Belleville News Democrat at West Florissant Avenue and Northwinds Estates:

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1:10 a.m. - More. News of tear gas and rubber bullets is coming from people who've been tweeting from the scene for the last nine days.

Police held back from gassing protesters tonight, except at Canfield Drive and West Florissant Avenue, says Antonio French.

"They just tear gassed a whole neighborhood:"

"People are getting rubber bullet-ed, this is not OK:"



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12:55 a.m. - Police say we'll have to wait an hour for a press conference, which is frustrating because media aren't allowed out of central command right now.
A few reports are trickling out:

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12:34 a.m. - Amnesty International is not happy that no one is witnessing the fighting that police say is going on now at Canfield Drive and West Florissant Avenue.

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12:20 a.m. - Blockades are making it difficult for anyone to move around out here. Press are unable to reach their cars.

Police are keeping media from accessing West Florissant Avenue by Canfield Drive. Antonio French says there's a good reason why:

This hero is holding it down strong:

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12:06 a.m. - Journalists are being shepherded down to the command center, away from any action. More demonstrators are being arrested.

There will be a press conference shortly at the command center.

Continue reading for more updates.


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Kingwindirty Bank
Kingwindirty Bank

People wonder why the black Community is so angry. As police get paid leave, paid vaction, or at most "desk duty", with no real repercussions for their actions. Hardly ever are they held accountable... I believe, that rioting and looting will not help the situation. However, what do people honestly think will come out of these situations? It is inevitable. With any community. Anger intensifies, and when they can't hurt those that are hurting them, they turn to physical objects; stores, cars, building's, etc. Then people take advantage of that situation and loot. The police and government do not care for the concerns of the people. In every situation, they do their best to silence them, and sweep it under the rug with no resolution or real justice. Citizens are tired of injustice. They want answers for this blatant corruption. Officer's are sworn to protect, though they are more concerned about SERVING. This is what a For-Profit Prison System is creating. When there has always been injustice, it is now getting out of hand, with officers, power, and profit. And why are they allowed a No-Fly Zone? Or to refuse Media Coverage? So that they are not on tape slaughtering more civilians? If they demand no evidence, there is a reason. Where is the Freedom of Press and Freedom of Assembly, that the constitution clearly states? This does not happen only in the African-American Community. Where is the outrage at police brutality for all Communities? It happens to black, white, hispanic, lgbt, homeless, those with mental illness, children, pets, etc. EVERY DAY. The answer may not be rioting. However, the answer IS to get involved. And demand reform. Citizens are tired of their demands to stay silent.

Donny Cox
Donny Cox

To officer Darren Wilson: hold your Head up things will work out!! I'm proud of you and all the police trying to restore order and peace!!

Jim Volner
Jim Volner

To protect the commanding officers that don't know the difference between their ass and a hole in the wall... NG is only holding a perimeter on the command center.

Audrey Susan Diener
Audrey Susan Diener

They don't need a curfew, the Military uses tear gas every night to send them all home.......Using phoney reasons for throwing the gas. Treating the people like ANIMALS.

Justin Smith
Justin Smith

They are not HITING THE STREETS. Headline failure .

Angelica Brown
Angelica Brown

I want to thank those who serve and protected. Thank you for trying to bring peace and some kind of normal back to that area.

Charles Sweeny
Charles Sweeny

I was watching this live and no one ever heard or said anything about shots fired except the police and police chief. So it is probably true.. None of the news cameras heard anything and not one news reporter said anything about a gun shot. Just another way to "legally" push them off the streets

Bettina Murphy
Bettina Murphy

RFT, I hope you're following your stories closely, because the national guard was at the command post until at least 1:30am. Shame on the media who are reporting inaccurate information when they're NOT down there. Thank you #Vice for risking your life to report what's REALLY going on.

Trish Coleman
Trish Coleman

Hold him accountable, then it will stop. What if it was you're son or brother or boyfriend or husband, would you feel differently?

Rob Andrews
Rob Andrews

The 1st amendment guarantees the right to "peaceably assemble", not "assemble & f*#k sh*t up". Everyone crying about LE RESPONSE needs to look at a picture of the QT.

LaTonya Ann
LaTonya Ann

There was a group of people in a truck that were arrested because they had Molotov cocktails

Cody Reid
Cody Reid

Karl Lund has a nice video of shots fired and the police moving in to protect some journalists his words were..."it was the stupidest thing I've ever done."(going down there to film)

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

My fault, this is why people shouldn't use voice to text. I'll edit my comment.

Jim Volner
Jim Volner

People don't "had" Rights... They are Americans they HAVE rights! Unalienable rights! Educate yourself as this is setting precedent!

Jim Volner
Jim Volner

Apparently that public education you received has payed off.... Thanks to tax payers you've learned how to screw up the English language... Their not "there" my fellow human.

Carrie Richter Gosiewski
Carrie Richter Gosiewski

There were shots fired? And tear gas? Bad things happened near the QuikTrip? Just another night in Ferguson. Headline should read, "Same sh**, different night."

Tim Teal
Tim Teal

Yea wtf. Why dont any of pieces of shit have to go to work. Oooo yea cus livin off our tax money is there jobs

Jim Volner
Jim Volner

Funny how you think you have the right to an opinion but the people in ferguson don't....

Genia Ackworth
Genia Ackworth

They tried that. Non-working people are coming out of the woodwork.

Jerac Burks
Jerac Burks

Life is a beach and u all know it so kick your feet in the sand at beach day Ferguson W. Florissant tomorrow. Wear your beach attire or its a fee to get in. See vous there or be fair because life ain't

Jerac Burks
Jerac Burks

Life is a beach and u all know it so kick your feet in the sand at beach day Ferguson W. Florissant tomorrow. Wear your beach attire or its a fee to get in. See vous there or be fair because life isn't.

Janelle Nixon
Janelle Nixon

I watched it last night live stream and you definitely saw a certain group of vandals doing dumb shit including throwing glass bottles, plastic bottles, running up on news people, pulling up street signs throwing them, bus stop signs and ignoring the city of Ferguson noise ordinance......so damn sad that all we do is blame others and support violence...shit is embarassing.

Jerac Burks
Jerac Burks

Business is taken care of during business hours. Life is a beach and u all know it so kick your feet in the sand at beach day Ferguson W. Florissant tomorrow. Wear your beach attire or its a fee to get in. See vous there or be fair because life ain't.

Thaddeus J McLendon
Thaddeus J McLendon

I watched live last night, no one saw any molotovs just water bottles being thrown. No one seen anyone shooting. And an hour before the restaurant was burn the people said the police pryo burnt that building not 15 people who were never seen. No one was seen shooting. I dont believe them. They prolly shooting people

Tara Rhee
Tara Rhee

exactly! the biased coverage is ridiculous

Josh Simons
Josh Simons

They wouldn't be rioting if these people had jobs lol

Christina Gebhardt
Christina Gebhardt

Go home...what in fact does this prove?! Grow up, don't you have families...cause I know our law enforcement would like to see theirs!

Sarah Mccurdy
Sarah Mccurdy

I'm sick of hearing about these trouble hungry people. Protestors, media...all "victims". You put yourself there. Go home!

Mark Sullivan
Mark Sullivan

Gee, is that the same Quik Trip that got burned down the very first night of Rioting and Looting that prompted this Police Response in the first place? Then cry me a fucking river, "...don't be start'n nothing, and there ain't gonna be noth'n"

Stephanie Oliver
Stephanie Oliver

Just go home! The idiots are hiding in the actual peaceful protesters and if they just go home they will have no one to be camoflauged in. You have made your point and it's time for the innocent people to sleep.

Marlin Rogers
Marlin Rogers

Nothing good is going to happen under the cover of night. Protest during the day please

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

If they would stay out of the street they wouldn't get gassed. You have the right to assemble freely, you don't have the right to block the street.

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