Live Blog: 31 Arrested, 2 Shot, Police Under Attack in Ferguson
11:50 p.m. - Police are ordering protesters off the street and corralling media into a staging area. This is weird because the governor told Ferguson there would be no curfew tonight.
Arrests happening. At least four people were put on the ground and ziptied, says our reporter on the scene. Police are wearing gas masks.
"Those that didn't move fast enough were arrested here," says Danny Wicentowski, RFT reporter. Police are pushing protesters to the police line on the north end of West Florissant Avenue.
Police PA in Ferguson: "If you are not credentialed media, you need to disperse or you will be subject to arrest"— Katie Hinman (@khinman) August 19, 2014
Police herding media to designated areas, loudspeakers telling people to disperse or face arrest, police starting to sweep now.— John Butler (@NewsDirKMOX) August 19, 2014
"If you are not credentialed media you need to disperse from the area." -- police bullhorn #ferguson— Jessica Lussenhop (@Lussenpop) August 19, 2014
This is all in response to shots fired, says St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson.
11:40 p.m. - Code 2000 called, KSDK (Channel 5) says. That means police need 50 more officers.
Police got everyone corraled. Tear gas drifting in the air. Some protesters still at it. Damn, I need a better gas mask. #Ferguson— Ray Downs (@RayDowns) August 19, 2014
Things are calm as everyone recovers from tear gas.
11 p.m. - Tear gas and flash bangs fired at QuikTrip.
Police have fired multiple tear-gas and flash-bang canisters into the crowd at QuikTrip. An ominous cloud of gas is moving down to the other end of the street, where there's a strong line of police.
Danny Wicentowski, the RFT reporter at the QuikTrip, says protesters are throwing canisters back at police and using portable toilets to block the road from police vehicles.
From Wicentowski: "I heard six loud cracks that didn't come from police (from Canfield Drive, behind the QuikTrip). I believe they were gunshots, but whatever they were, police had already resisted when a glass bottle was thrown and many, many water bottles. Whatever set them off came from a different group of protesters from the rear parking lot."
I just got hit in the leg with the plastic cap of a flashbang grenade. I'm ok. They just fired more tear gas #Ferguson— Danny Wicentowski (@D_Towski) August 19, 2014
Protesters are washing the tear gas out of each other's eyes.
That fire appears to be from a street sign.
Residents start fire in street in hopes of keeping police back. Several prepping for confrontation with homemade bombs.— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 19, 2014
Chaos at QuikTrip makes this super creepy:
At command center. National Guard holding down operations here. Very calm. pic.twitter.com/o0UyRIuVSm— Allison Blood (@AllisonBlood) August 19, 2014
10:45 p.m. - Someone stole a yield sign. Police don't like it.
"If you are carrying around a street sign that you illegally removed from the ground you may be subject to arrest." pic.twitter.com/YxxGa6FxFa— Ryan Devereaux (@rdevro) August 19, 2014
A woman who's been demonstrating all night holding up a sign has been arrested. Leaders are asking protesters to move away from the police line, but few are leaving.
A crowd has been gathering at the QuikTrip. Police don't like that either. They're not supposed to be there.
Around 100 (illegally) gathered at quiktrip. Loudspeaker: "YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO ARREST!" pic.twitter.com/XWwE9MmO3f— Danny Wicentowski (@D_Towski) August 19, 2014
Danny Wicentowski, the RFT reporter at the QuikTrip says, four armored tanks and about 24 SWAT team members are showing restraint to the about 40 people demonstrating illegally in the parking lot. Another 30 or so people are watching from the rear parking lot, and media have gathered to watch along the road.
Water bottle thrown. "YOU NEED TO STOP THROWING OBJECTS OR YOU WILL BE SUBJECT TO ARREST OR OTHER MEASURES!" #Ferguson— Danny Wicentowski (@D_Towski) August 19, 2014
The only thing keeping folks calm tonight is the tireless effort of community members and faith leaders. And Governor Jay Nixon knows it.
Deeply appreciate the faith & civic leaders working w/ law enforcement to help protect rights of peaceful protesters & keep community safe— Governor Jay Nixon (@GovJayNixon) August 19, 2014
Thanks for nothing, Governor:
10:33 p.m. - And again, Ferguson is a no-fly zone. The governor's office has ordered that only relief aircraft be allowed under 3,000 feet above Ferguson.
St. Louis County Police asked the FAA for a no-fly zone last week because rioters were shooting at police helicopters.
10:30 p.m. - Protesters are leaving the scene, leaving swarms of media behind. Police frantically back protesters onto the sidewalk, then suddenly stand back.
At one time there were 100s of protesters - most have dispersed - only several dozen remain. #Ferguson— Steve Futterman (@sfutterman) August 19, 2014
Ebbs and flows. Seems like more media than protestors. #ferguson— Valerie Schremp Hahn (@valeriehahn) August 19, 2014
10:14 p.m. - Police are ordering everyone onto the sidewalk. Reports of water bottles thrown.
Once again, disturbers focus on big police presence. Easy to do. A water bottle can cause chaos here. Probly a buzz if you're 16. #Ferguson— Ray Downs (@RayDowns) August 19, 2014
"Stop throwing objects," officers tell protesters. #Ferguson— Erica Smith (@ericasmith) August 19, 2014
No tear gas yet.
Just north of the Quiktrip, a crowd of about 75 people are lining up and antagonizing police, says RFT reporter Danny Wicentowski. Two armored trucks guard the area with SWAT team members with assault rifles and gas masks.
Riot policen were stepping up. Malik Shabazz working ass off to keep ppl back. #Ferguson— Ray Downs (@RayDowns) August 19, 2014
Suddenly, things on West Florissant Avenue are calm again.
10:05 p.m. - Shots fired.
This could explain the line of police vehicles and officers who just sped off toward Canfield Drive minutes ago.
About 10 police vehicles took off south on West Florissant. We've been told the National Guard is taking over. #Ferguson— Joel D. Anderson (@blackink12) August 19, 2014
When police was trying to get crowd out of street, riot cops looked on edge. Everyone tense. Lots yelling, shoving among crowd. #Ferguson— Ray Downs (@RayDowns) August 19, 2014
10 p.m. - There's a standoff between protesters and police, but cooler heads are trying to keep things calm.
I see bottles hurled at police- some with liquid inside— Chris Hayes (@ChrisHayesTV) August 19, 2014
I spot ron johnson with cops. Some cops have fingers on triggers of beanbag guns #Ferguson— Danny Wicentowski (@D_Towski) August 19, 2014
Things thrown police say crowd must disperse.— Willis Arnold (@WillisRArnold) August 19, 2014
The sound cannon has been turned off, and community leaders are still forming a peaceful line in front of police. Oh, just kidding, the sound cannon is back on.
An armored police vehicle drove through the crowd on the street, dispersing demonstrators.
Apc drove at crowd, dispersed around it, cops now deploying behind protesters. I see sniper. Sound cannon is back. #Ferguson— Danny Wicentowski (@D_Towski) August 19, 2014
See more on the next page.