Live Blog: 31 Arrested, 2 Shot, Police Under Attack in Ferguson
|The National Guard stations at the command post before night falls in Ferguson.|
It's your right to protest...we have an operational plan to address (criminal element) -- Capt. Ron Johnson #ferguson— Jessica Lussenhop (@Lussenpop) August 19, 2014
The other element blends in w large groups, that's why no one can congregate. -- Capt Ron Johnson #ferguson— Jessica Lussenhop (@Lussenpop) August 19, 2014
And these are the guys who will be in charge of "addressing" that criminal element:
8:30 p.m. - Things are tense yet peaceful, and it's only just after dark. Several people have been arrested, including Getty Images photographer Scott Olson, who took this quintessential photo:
Pancho Bernasconi, vice president of news at Getty and a man with an incredible name, condemned the arrest in a statement: "We strongly object to his arrest and are committed to ensuring he is able to resume his important work of capturing some of the most iconic images of this news story."
Images of Getty photographer Scott Olson being arrested in Ferguson, taken by fellow Getty photographer Joe Raedle pic.twitter.com/NEul6TnsKG— Matt Novak (@paleofuture) August 18, 2014
Riverfront Times managing editor Jessica Lussenhop caught this arrest on camera in front of the McDonald's that was busted into last night. Police say it was attacked by looters, but images show many protesters using milk from the restaurant to help people hit by tear gas.
Update, 9:18 p.m.: Police arrested at least two people for failure to disperse and disorderly conduct, the Associated Press reports.
Police aren't messing around, even if the world is watching. While Don Lemon was broadcasting live on CNN, police tried to shove him down the road along with a group of protesters.
"I think we're about to be arrested because we're standing on a sidewalk," Lemon tells the CNN anchors who ask what it's like in Ferguson today. "You can see what's happening. We've been standing here all day. They told us to come here. I can't move. I'm not going to resist a police officer."