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[PHOTOS]: Tear Gas and Terror During Wednesday Night's Ferguson Protest

Categories: Michael Brown

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All photos by Danny Wicentowski
During the daylight hours, police allowed protesters to stand as close as 25 feet away, much closer than in previous days.
For awhile, Wednesday night's protest in Ferguson looked like the most peaceful gathering since the Saturday shooting of an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown. The calm wouldn't last long.

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Read all Riverfront Times coverage of the unrest in Ferguson and the aftermath of Michael Brown's shooting.

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The burned-out QuikTrip has become the epicenter of unrest in Ferguson.

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One of two snipers who monitored the crowd during Wednesday's protest.

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Tension built as the sun set on Ferguson.

Around 8 p.m. the situation quickly turned chaotic. Bystanders later told Daily RFT they saw a protester throw a glass bottle and a Molotov cocktail at the police line, observations that were backed up by photos.

In any case, the cops decided it was time to force the protesters out. One officer shouted through a megaphone, "Leave the area immediately! The peaceful protest is no longer peaceful!"

Soon after, officers began launching tear-gas canisters and stun grenades at the crowd.

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Continue for more photos of the police response, as well as residents talking about what they think could end the chaos in Ferguson.


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John Iannucci
John Iannucci

Look up the word They in the dictionary and let me know what it means. They means the people, plural. Why what are you insinuating? I didn't know "they" was a bad word moron

sybil10
sybil10

Yeah take a look at some of those front line masked "protestors"; looks like they just walked out of a jihad training camp straight out of the middle east..  Raise your hands; "don't rob me bro"

sybil10
sybil10

I sure would like to give a warning to the "good" folks of St Louis (especially whites); they need to demand that the black panther party be banned.  The should do research and understand their evil agenda for our communities.  Shabazz thieir leader is notorious for organizing and promoting civil unrest in the black areas of cities.  And noted for carrying batons at a polling station to intimidate voters.  You all think the police are controlling just wait until these group try to make a banana republic out of our nation.  They never let incidents like this go to waste and take every opportunity to recruit rioters.  Their leader has ties with overseas terrorists.  "On September 21, 2010, NBPP members dined with Louis Farrakhan and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at New York City's Warwick Hotel".


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  • "[I]f you are having any doubt about getting suited, booted, and armed up for this race war that we’re in that has never ended, let me tell you somethin…the thing that’s about to happen these honkies, these crackers, these pigs, these people, these motherf***er[s]…it has been long overdue.”

  • "[W]e got to suit up and boot up…and get prepared for the war that we’re in…this stuff got to boil over, and all your greats talked about that happened to be bloodshed involved with revolution -- true revolution means some bloodshed, so there‘s blood being spilled because there’s a new life that is beyond this bloodshed."

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Stephen Martin
Stephen Martin

And yet, look at tonight. No APCs, no riot gear, and yet a quiet night. Sometimes it's amazing what happens when you treat people like human beings.

Stephen Martin
Stephen Martin

"They" shoot each other. Yeah, it's always "them." Because "them" are all alike, aren't they? Or at least, you can't tell one from another.

Stephen Martin
Stephen Martin

Hate-filled energy? Destroying our whole region? Personally, I think an army of occupation in North County is something worth demonstrating against.

Jennifer Day
Jennifer Day

We just got home from the protest. Peaceful, friendly, determined are the words I would use to describe the crowd. Driving to the protest area we saw the staging area for the Highway Patrol and not an armored car in sight. Officers were wearing their regular uniforms with no additional equipment. Most importantly, all were wearing name tags and badge numbers were uncovered. One officer was shaking hands with people as he directed pedestrian traffic across the street. He was telling people that he was glad that they came out. Very different atmosphere.

Larry Hood
Larry Hood

believe me they got plent of drugs

Riverfront Times
Riverfront Times

That's kind of you, thank you. We wish the same for everybody.

Riverfront Times
Riverfront Times

For the record, the Riverfront Times is free. And there are free magazines available all over town.

Rick Firestein
Rick Firestein

I'm tired of Judge Judy being interrupted for this idiotic nonsense. They shoot each other over White Castle burgers up there. Who cares. except the media and their nonsensical reporting?

John Iannucci
John Iannucci

They have a right to be heard, not destroy and steal shit for themselves. They used this for an excuse to loot up the businesses. Give me a Fuckin break

Joel Harrison
Joel Harrison

No one also wants to live in a police state when the state can take away people's rights and attack its own citizens without consequence. These protesters have a right to be heard. This is not a race issue, but a police brutality issue. Everyone deserves to feel protected by law enforcement, not fear them.

Jimmie Thomptson
Jimmie Thomptson

let us in Saint Louis hope that all these protesters will put some of their hate filled energy into finding work, doing something positive for Saint Louis, they are destroying our whole region, no one wants to do business or visit an area filled with worthless destructive people....

Brian Penn
Brian Penn

LOOT BOYS, LOOT!! NO TEAR GAS ALLOWED!!

Darla Cook
Darla Cook

Around 8 p.m. the situation quickly turned chaotic. Bystanders later told Daily RFT they saw a protester throw a glass bottle and a Molotov cocktail at the police line, observations that were backed up by photos.

Max Gdoat
Max Gdoat

Remember the good ol' days when theRFT only posted about the Jugalos...

Anderson John
Anderson John

Another problem in St. Louis that makes it divided is made by African Americans in the community. St. Louis is the only city that I have seen that has a FREE newspaper called "The St. Louis American" The African-American Newspaper. They want to be separate and divided. If a newspaper was publshed, either free or for a price that said that it was a WHITE newspaper, AL Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would be leading protests across the country. If you want changes, set the example. "Do As I Say, Not As I Do" Doesn't cut it.

Bart Cohn
Bart Cohn

No need to be sorry, you are entitled to your opinion. I feel like Fox News broadcasts tons of misinformation, so I make it a point to completely disregard them.

Tim Smythe
Tim Smythe

They will if the riots start. Pray for peace.

Dave Forgetaboutit
Dave Forgetaboutit

I'm confused. I must have missed what state police are saying. Do they claim things will be better or worse?

Kirsten Mazzanti
Kirsten Mazzanti

The media is NOT helping the situation. They are focusing more on the violence then all the other people volunteering to help clean up Ferguson.

Jeff Craig
Jeff Craig

Let's send in the Boy Scouts next.

Michael Sullivan
Michael Sullivan

@Meg Mertz, how is fact based reporting "stirring the pot"

Tim Corkill
Tim Corkill

If they legalized weed people would stop

Meg Mertz
Meg Mertz

I'm not against the press, please don't misunderstand me but there have been some posts from the RFT is the past few days that seem to just stir the pot, so to speak. That is my opinion, sorry if it does not mesh with yours.

Bart Cohn
Bart Cohn

Without free press there wouldn't be a free society. That's why our founding fathers put it in the 1st Amendment. Freedom can be tricky but it still beats the alternative.

FeatheredLeader
FeatheredLeader

@D_Towski Yes, & work there, shop there, visit there & live nearby. Praying this new tone of police will give us the 1st peaceful night in 6

Stephanie Thorsten
Stephanie Thorsten

Hopefully, Ferguson residents will get to enjoy a quiet evening...and some sleep!

Meg Mertz
Meg Mertz

I wish I could say they weren't but sometimes they are.

Bart Cohn
Bart Cohn

The media isn't the problem.

Ron Patt
Ron Patt

Looks like the Prez needs to authorize an emergency drop of "WEED" on Ferguson!

Kene Phillips
Kene Phillips

RFT, I want to thank you for the coverage of these events, be safe.

Meg Mertz
Meg Mertz

Yes, I did. I'm glad they are going to take a stance to help. Mainly every time there is an RFT post it seems to just want to stir something up. I like the RFT but sometimes it can be a little frustrating is all.

Daniel Sexauer
Daniel Sexauer

Actually I found the post quite hopeful. Did you watch the afternoon conference with the Gov, mayor, and captain taking over operations? Look it up if you haven't.

Meg Mertz
Meg Mertz

RFT, you sure like stirring the pot don't you?

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