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

Categories: Michael Brown

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.

This is all in response to shots fired, says St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson.


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11:40 p.m. - Code 2000 called, KSDK (Channel 5) says. That means police need 50 more officers.

Things are calm as everyone recovers from tear gas.
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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."


Protesters are washing the tear gas out of each other's eyes.

That fire appears to be from a street sign.

Chaos at QuikTrip makes this super creepy:


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10:45 p.m. - Someone stole a yield sign. Police don't like it.

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.

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.


The only thing keeping folks calm tonight is the tireless effort of community members and faith leaders. And Governor Jay Nixon knows it.

Thanks for nothing, Governor:


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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.
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St. Louis County Police asked the FAA for a no-fly zone last week because rioters were shooting at police helicopters.
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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.

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10:14 p.m. - Police are ordering everyone onto the sidewalk. Reports of water bottles thrown.

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.

Suddenly, things on West Florissant Avenue are calm again.
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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.

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10 p.m. - There's a standoff between protesters and police, but cooler heads are trying to keep things calm.

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.

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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....

Gina Ackworth
Gina 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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