Police in Ferguson Fire Tear Gas on Protesters Standing in Their Own Backyard

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Ray Downs
Resients angry after getting tear-gassed on own property.
Last night police in riot gear marched down West Florissant Avenue, ordering people to leave the area and firing tear gas onto the streets. Police even fired tear gas into the backyard of a home where several people held their "hands up" in what's become a symbol of protest over the shooting of Michael Brown.

Daily RFT caught the melee on video.

The incident occurred after police had already evacuated nearly everybody on West Florissant Avenue. Between tear gas firings, a police officer bellowed "go home" into a loudspeaker. It took about an hour, but nearly everybody within vicinity of the police left the streets.

Yet a group of four male protesters remained defiant on West Florissant, screaming profanities at the police and putting their hands in the air. The police responded with threats of tear gas.

"Turn around and leave or we will deploy gas," shouted a police officer through a loudspeaker. Residents in their backyards pleaded for the men to get out of the street. After a few minutes of prodding, they did so. But the police still decided to advance.

See also: Peaceful Protest for Mike Brown Before Riot Police and Looting Takes Over

Standing in his backyard along with a few friends and family was 24-year-old Rich West. And after seeing the police deploy tear gas as they marched down the empty street, West and his friends felt like protesting.

"You go home! You go home!" they chanted. As the police come closer, they all put their hands up.

Once again, the police officer with the megaphone ordered the protesters to go home.

"We're in our yard!" they responded.

At one point West walked to his fence with his hands high up in the air.

"This my property! This my property!" he shouted, prompting police to fire a tear gas canister directly at his face. He moved at the last second.

"This my shit!" West screamed irately after narrowly avoiding the gas canister. Eventually a friend grabbed him and pulled him back to calm him down.

"This is my backyard! This is my shit!" West continued screaming into the camera. He turned to the police: "Y'all go the fuck home!"

See also: Ferguson Riots: North County Business Owners (Some Armed) Survey the Damage

"This is our home. This is our residence," West's brother added. "Why do you think people say 'fuck the police?' Because of that shit."

Flora Busby, West's mother, a soft-spoken woman in her 60s, came into the backyard to see if her sons were alright.

"We in our backyard!" she said. "Why you gotta shoot us?"

Again West shouted at the police. And again they fired another gas canister into the yard -- this one nearly hitting his house.

"It's pure ignorance," West responded after catching his breath. "I pay property taxes here. I should be able to be in my backyard any time."

He said that regular harassment by the Ferguson police department, often in the form of traffic stops, has been occurring ever since he was sixteen years old.

"They ain't gotta be throwing tear gas in my backyard," added Busby. "This is my property. We were just standing back there, my son was standing back there, and I go to see about him and they threw it."

She continued: "I'm angry about that. They shouldn't be doing that. And they didn't need to kill the poor little boy. "

See also: Family of Michael Brown, Teenager Shot to Death By Ferguson Police, Talks About His Life

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Cory Mortensen
Cory Mortensen

Spell check your articles before posting them. Does anyone not care about anything anymore?

nowayjose2
nowayjose2

These citizens have every reason to be angry with the union police. Rights are being violated, cops are running amok, people are being denied due process and treated like combatants for simply shouting at the police army as they march down their neighborhoods firing weapons into people's homes.

advocate4liberty
advocate4liberty

All we need is the ghost of Adolph to return to lead these thugs. Our so-called "law enforcement" in this country have turned into a militarized occupying army by the 1033 program. Tanks for God's sake? Do they really need tanks to cover up the murder of their citizens?

Bill Houston
Bill Houston

They want to see themselves on TV and YouTube.

mwalters
mwalters

4 people were shot last night by armed protestors. The cops were requesting that people go back inside their homes so no one else would get shot.

rc_7711
rc_7711

They should really just pull every agency out of there and give the people what they want. Just let them destroy everything they can get their hands on. None of the people in these videos respect Ferguson so just get out and let them burn it to the ground and kill each other. 

OGilliams Irish Dump Gilliam
OGilliams Irish Dump Gilliam

This idiot that was killed was involved in the beating of a white unarmed hotdog vendor in home depot last august. With a hammer. He had a death wish apparently. Go see the pics people Michael Brown is in all of them. Good riddance

lilbear68
lilbear68

if youre gonna do it do it smart. when the gas hits don't throw them back cover them with pots to limit the spread.  the pigs masks are good against the gas. 

if your gonna throw stuff throw glass bottles in pairs filled with bleach and ammonia or bleach and vinegar. the pigs masks wont help against these

Heather Banks
Heather Banks

Well two people got shot last night. One in a drive by and one because he thought it was a good idea to point a shot gun at a group of people at 1am or so. So where does it end? It won't unless stricter rules are enforced until people get through there thick skulls that they are not "peacefully protesting" just causing more problems. So everyone but michaels family just needs to get the fuck on and worry about themselves. His family, lawyer, ect are the only people that need to be involved with his death!

ednraleigh
ednraleigh

This is just a sad state of affairs.

Jay Hemp
Jay Hemp

If they are on private property, and all they are doing is being a nuisance to the police, then the police were totally in the wrong to fire tear gas at them. If those yelling at the police are posing no physical threat to those officers then there is no justification to fire chemical agents.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

The police operate like the worst armed thugs in the city and half of them behave like Klan Grand Dragons. You might have african american blood, but consider that many black people have European DNA. Racism isn't just about race, it is about how you see the world. And you sound like the modern version of a 1940's Good German.

jish4815162342
jish4815162342

If the police can't tell who is rioting and who is law abiding, tax paying citizens, then maybe the police should find out before firing gas at them. Funny thing is that had the dudes been white, the police wouldn't have even looked twice at that yard.

Rocco
Rocco

Pretty soon they'll be targeting with 14,000 pound missiles, just like teacher Israel.  Done copied extra-judicial assignations, and drone bombing and spying, so the next step may be our own back yards. 

Genia Ackworth
Genia Ackworth

Because with the chaos they don't know who rioting or who's law abiding.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

If the police were afraid of a riot then maybe they shouldn't driving around screaming "get the F***k on the sidewalk" and shooting people in the back. You have the most ridiculous priorities I can only suspect that you are an armed thug yourself in the Police Gang.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

"Disregard for authority." If that is authority than it needs MORE disregard, not less. You, sir, are an idiot.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

By your logic the police lost their right to enforce the law the moment one of their officers broke the law by shooting an unarmed kid 9 or more times. There is nothing in the Constitution that overrides a person's right of Assembly. The police in St. Louis are the most lawless, violent group of thugs. If only the looters had taken down City hall or the police headquarters, then maybe we would have true order and justice.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Stacey you have the worse kind of racism. The kind that is not based on skin colour but on money and address and culture and privilege. This happened because a kid was shot FOR WALKING IN THE STREET. (In an area where the sidewalks are not clear, look at the pix of the cops next to the bushes growing out into the street.) You are so stupid you make Forrest Gump look like a Mensa member.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Liz what are you saying? That men putting their hands in the air is violent? Like tactical SWAT violent? That taunting is equivalent to tear gas? Just asking, cause you sound insane. Maybe I just read it wrong . Let us know.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

No Stacey we are attacking you because people with your opinions are a big part of the problem. This city is terrorized by armed thugs every day, they are called the police. They pick and choose what law to follow. Michael Brown's dead body was left in the street for HOURS because the police couldn't "disturb the crimes scene" BUT THEY LET THE OFFICER DRIVE OFF IN HIS PATROL CAR- WHICH ACCORDING TO THEIR VERSION OF THE STORY WAS ALSO PART OF THE CRIME SCENE. If I had a magical powers right now I would turn you into an 18 year old African American male living anywhere in North City or County. You are so wrapped up in your narrow minded privbilege you have no grasp of reality.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

"Taunting the police" You are ridiculous Heather. In 1939 a guy in Germany set up exactly the society you are describing. Heil Hitler.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Hey Dump, have you ever seen a little movie called Kings of New York. Black folks got nothing on Irish gangsters...except, oh yeah, that's who took over the police force in Boston and New York. Of course, there is a good chance that Michael Brown has more Irish DNA than you Dump, thanks to rapist slave owners increasing their labour force. Don't you have a Klan meeting to get to or something?

Jason Rodney
Jason Rodney

No, i think thats all of our property (tax moolah)

Tiffany J Williams
Tiffany J Williams

Ashley so do you really think, like legitimately think, that the people in those homes were the same ones rioting? The bums that were stealing cases of beer and bags of weave? You think they're all one and the same? Even though a glance through social media pics and video will show that the majority of people out there were peaceful protesters for the most part. And entitled? For wanting to be treated like human beings? Again--not the looters. The actual residents. That's how you really feel?

Tim Disher
Tim Disher

Stay outside. Make less of a problem for us. It's going to be dealt with. I promise you that.

Jeff Townsend
Jeff Townsend

He did go to Princeton Mark! And he's a fan of Ninja Warrior AND Larping.... Double concede.

Ashley Elizabeth Barnes
Ashley Elizabeth Barnes

Lol, seriously... They are going to claim "their" homes and back yards now. SO... What they're sayin is they want people to RESPECT their property and community??? They were singing a whole other tune 48 hours ago till now... Shit, I forgot, their entitled asses think the world fucking owes them something. PEOPLE ARE RIOTING... Go the fuck back inside unless you're trying to get in on it.. And if you are, choke on that tear gas... People need to get a grip on reality.

Mimi
Mimi

I wish yall stop saying These People!!!!

cmkinusn
cmkinusn

the peaceful protesters are not the same as the looters and thugs, or else im pretty sure the death rate last night would have been closer to 30-50 people.  Also, people that just leave a cause to one person when they KNOW that this one incident is just another drop in the bucket of abuses are doomed to be prosecuted with no one to help them.


Michael wasn't a good kid, the video of him robbing that convenience store proves it (though I would argue that he is a product of his environment, especially the economic situation and the police situation), but he was also unarmed and that police officer would not have gotten close enough for michael to assault him.  It wouldn't have happened; so obviously they shot an unarmed man unnecessarily.  Whatever happened to non-lethal arrests?  Since when did the police become the judge and executioner who decides who lives to see court and who dies before they are ever judged?

astrodorque
astrodorque

What are you out of your fucking mind?

bettyshambles
bettyshambles

Everybody keep calm and pretend nothing is wrong!

darsdoodles2
darsdoodles2

Uhm....they definitely knew that these people weren't rioting. They were in their own damned back yard. 

rc_7711
rc_7711

That's why the officer has a swollen face. So an officer went to work that day planning on killing a kid? Is that what you are telling me? Do you know why 99% of these men work as police officers? Because they want to protect the people from violence and assure your dumb ass a safe place to raise your family. You don't know what happened anymore than the next idiot knows what happened. If you listen to the witnesses story he even says the man tried to get out of his car and they were so close to the car that the door flew back in his face. LOL!! Get the F out of here with that BS. They were hard ass punks who thought they would stand up to the cops and then when they get what they got, all of a sudden they are innocent law abiding citizens that weren't doing anything wrong, victims?? Please! If he would have just listened to the orders NOTHING would have happened. Why do you think bc you have dark skin that people with authority can't tell you what to do?? I bet if my son was on that street and an officer told him to get his ass on the sidewalk he would have sprinted fast as shit to that sidewalk. Keep raising your kids to HATE the police and the shit will never end. Kids out there rioting and looting...despicable. Now, these same children have been taught to steal and fight with the police. Great role models, then in 10 years when he/she is shot in the streets for doing exactly what you have taught them it will be the white mans fault. 

sheepodoom
sheepodoom

What you Klanners gonna clear them blacks out of their yard? Before you do Some things you should know. Missouri is a castle state they can shoot your thug ass for entering the yard. We are also a Stand your ground State. so they can blow you away for even walking into their block.

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

Speaking of choking - you have no gag reflex for the police and eagerly swallow their bollocks. Wipe your chin, you missed a few drops.

bettyshambles
bettyshambles

Get a grip and take a tear gas canister to the face in your own back yard! GOT IT. You're so right. AMERIKA!

sheepodoom
sheepodoom

@Mimi Would you prefer Monkeys, savages, spear chuckers, Negroes or Ni***ers? Or would you rather be called a person?  Before calling me a racist folks THINK first First rule of bigotry DEHUMANIZE the other side. Correct answer is Damn right I AM a PERSON.

llw3dore
llw3dore

@Mimi That's my point - why are people saying "these" people - we are all people and if you are Christian you were taught that we were all made in God's image.

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

@rc_7711 - You have no gag reflex for the police,and eagerly swallow their bollocks. Wipe your chin, you missed a couple drops.



darsdoodles2
darsdoodles2

@rc_7711 first off the injury to the officer's face could have very easily been the result of his own actions. Brown's friend has recounted that the officer grabbed Michael and was pulling him in towards the car as if he were trying to pull Michael into the car through the window. Now, Michael was pretty big kid. His friend said that when the cop tried to pull him in through the window Michael's reaction was to pull away from the car. Wouldn't you or I or anybody have that kind of initial gut reaction? The officer very easily could have gotten that VERY MINOR injury in that small scuffle. Secondly, even if Michael did fight back and assault the officer it does not in any damned way justify that officer shooting him in the back....especially after Michael turned and faced the officer (after being shot in back) raised his hands in surrender, stating he was unarmed and begging not to be shot again. THe officer's response to this surrender was to keep walking up on the victim and shooting him several more times until he was dead. And yes we do know what happened because there were several eye witnesses. You are basically saying that people should be shot and killed for not obeying a police order to get on a side walk!?! You really think shooting him to death was an appropriate reaction?

gnosticpostulant
gnosticpostulant

@rc_7711 How much smoke are you gonna blow? You know why 99% of cops are cops? Because they are aggressive, testosterone-fueled authoritarians who get off on power. They're control freaks with a God complex. Why do you think the rate of assaults is twice as high among cops as the general public? Why do you think that domestic violence in cop families is 4 times higher than the general populace?


Seriously, did you even read the article... or anything, ever? The cops FIRED TEAR GAS AT A MAN'S FACE WHILE HE WAS STANDING IN HIS OWN YARD. How exactly does that fall under protecting people and making them safe? Cops only want one thing. CONTROL. They want you to know that you are subservient to them. Fuck your rights, fuck the law, they are right, and everyone else is wrong. That is the only thing they believe. 


You know why the kids were so close to that cop car? The witnesses, including ones separate from the incident, all say that THE COP PULLED UP ON THEM AND NEARLY RAN THEM OVER. It was an intimidation tactic. ~That's~ why they were so close to that cop car.


I love that line "If he would have just listened to the orders NOTHING would have happened." That's BS, for several reasons. First, a cop does not get to give "orders". This isn't the military, and the cops don't outrank them. These are ~civilians~. Second, how far does this go... how about those incidents when a cop abuses his authority to rape a woman. If she had just followed his orders, she wouldn't have gotten the black eye, just raped. Third, that cop was clearly looking for a fight - all of the witnesses agree that the cop tried to pull the kid into his car by the neck. So something was going to happen the second that cop decided he didn't like him. Fourth, THE COP SHOT THE KID IN THE CHEST AND FACE WHILE HE WAS ON HIS KNEES WITHE HIS HANDS UP BEGGING FOR HIS LIFE. IN WHAT FUCKING UNIVERSE IS IT OK TO DO THAT UNDER ~ANY~ CIRCUMSTANCES???


Cop apologists like you make me sick. Look at the arrest statistics that have recently been released for the area. The 95% white police force disproportionately targets the black population in the area. If you are so unable to recognize the appearance of systemic racism, you've got a serious problem, not only with your IQ but with your qualifications as a human being..

Mimi
Mimi

@llw3dore Exactly!  A few of the ones commenting  act like they are "better"..but I hate to tell yall..ain't nobody better than anybody else!  Yeah I said "ain"t"..And I went to school AND graduated And in college, so don't do me!

llw3dore
llw3dore

@Mimi @llw3dore I always wonder who "these" people be - be they the big people, the people wearing glasses, the people with 3 legs or no legs?  Such a racist comment.  I'm white and 65 and have never referred to any group or person in such a demeaning way.  Till people can no longer see color there will be no peace or justice and I had truly hoped to see it in my lifetime.

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