Police Accused of Unnecessary Force as Third Night of Ferguson Protests End with Tear Gas

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Ray Downs
Police in riot gear and gas masks have been deployed to West Florissant Avenue each night since protests began.
Late-night protests against the Michael Brown shooting and police brutality Tuesday ended in more tear gassing that was caught on video by a bystander who sent the footage to Daily RFT.

The incident occurred at approximately 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. For several hours beforehand, approximately 50 people were protesting a police barricade set up on West Florissant Avenue near where Brown was killed. They were joined by a larger group from a separate protest and, after an energetic and peaceful assembly complete with chants and prayers, the group began to move down the street toward West Florissant Avenue and Chambers.

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Ray Downs
Protesters got on their knees in front of a police barricade on West Florissant Avenue.
The group was lively, with many shouting and chanting, "No justice, no peace!" Several other protesters were singing along to a song by rap artist Lil Boosie titled "Fuck Da Police." The song was blasted from a slow-moving truck carrying several protesters in its bed, as well as on the roof and hood.

By the time the contingent reached Chambers, witnesses say, the group had largely quieted down, several people had gone home and those who remained continued to peacefully protest near police monitoring road blocks. But not long after the protesters arrived, witnesses say, armored trucks were brought in and tear gas deployed.

"They weren't fighting or arguing or yelling or anything, and then the police came with all their gear," said protester Deena Adair. "The trucks came in and just started shooting at them, shooting tear gas."

"The protesters were shouting 'fuck the police,' but who wouldn't say that?" said another man who witnessed the incident.

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Ray Downs

Protester Stanyale Riley captured video, shown above, of police marching in riot gear and launching tear gas toward a small group of protesters.

"Tear gas. Just like that. That's what they feel about your civil liberties. You have no rights in the United States. Trust and believe me," Riley says in the video. "No right but to go your ass to work and continue to support their system. That's it."

At that moment in the video, a police officer "suggests" Riley and her friends, including protester Tara Thompson, to leave the area:

RILEY: "It's a suggestion, right?"

OFFICER: "It's a suggestion, but it will be an order in about two minutes."

THOMPSON: "So we can't peacefully assemble?"

OFFICER: "No, ma'am, because now this has become unruly."

RILEY: "But y'all made it unruly. I sat here and watched it the whole time."

OFFICER: "OK, but I'm telling you, if you don't leave, you will be arrested.

THOMPSON: "But what are the charges?"

OFFICER: "Why are you here?"

THOMPSON: "We're protesting!"

OFFICER: "You're protesting what now?"

THOMPSON: "We're protesting a [inaudible], and it's not being investigated."

[Arguing]

OFFICER: "OK, well, you guys stay there, then. But I already gave you a fair warning."

THOMPSON: "But what are we being charged with? What are we gonna be charged with?"

The officer doesn't answer and walks away.

Daily RFT reached out to officials at the St. Louis County Police Department to ask why tear gas was used on protesters. They have yet to respond, but we will update as soon as we hear back.

See also:
-Peaceful Crowd of Protesters Dispersed By Heavily Militarized Police Force In Ferguson

- Police in Ferguson Tear Gas Residents in Their Own Backyard
-Ferguson Police to Protesters: Stop Protesting Here At Night

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clinton.hutchins

Thursday, August 14, 2014: Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson

I can see from some of the responses to this column, that there are a lot of people who regularly listen to Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and the Fox news Team . The use of the word animal to describe human beings is a sure tipoff to people who listen to Rush Limbaugh and his crowd. Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson probably requires his officers to listen to at least four hours of Rush Limbaugh every day. Several of his officers have been recorded calling its citizens of Ferguson just that "animals". Sen. Claire McCaskill seems to believe that there can be some dialogue between the protesters and the law enforcement agencies. The protesters won't be coming to be bargaining table with the type of baggage that police chief Tom Jackson's officers will be coming to the table with. One of the first things out of their mouths would most likely be how about some watermelon and fried chicken, I heard that you people like this kind of stuff!

Suzanne Lorenz Seibel
Suzanne Lorenz Seibel

The police should just stay home tonight. See how that works out for Ferguson.

Mark Wegmann
Mark Wegmann

ran all night on MSNBC and Fox ran a short story as well. Bryan is accurate IMO, everyone looking through a lens and hoping to get that one shot to win some useless award.

Sara Morris
Sara Morris

Yeah just throwing Molotov cocktails at the police. No violence or anything. [sarcasm]

rj1002
rj1002

The correct response to "Why are you here?" is: accountability. The same reason cops should be wearing body cameras.

YinzerV
YinzerV

Sue St. Louis County into Chapter 9.  

Victoria Valle
Victoria Valle

People were not doing anything today except protesting. Nothing Nada. Zilch.

clinton.hutchins
clinton.hutchins

Wednesday, August 13, 2014: Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson

we have now heard the most outrageous lie coming from Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson. He didn't realize that there was any race problem in Ferguson. He and his predecessors before him, like the common thieves that they are, have been cleaning out the pockets of anyone coming through the community. 87% of the traffic stops in Ferguson just coincidently are handed out to African-Americans. And I just suppose that chief Tom Jackson, doesn't know about the disrespect that his officers pay to the citizens of Ferguson!

Tim Tennell
Tim Tennell

Newsflash. Civilized societies do not allow regular paramilitary police armed with weapons of war to declare martial law in entire towns.

Brian Mitchell
Brian Mitchell

Peaceful? Yes some are doing it right but it is the bad ones that ruin it for everyone. Looting, drive by's, beating up people that are coming to support you if they are of another color.

Jo-Anne Rehme Verheyen
Jo-Anne Rehme Verheyen

If they hadn't of proved what animals they are on Sunday, the police wouldn't feel the need to show such force. They taunt the police and wonder why this is happening!!

Genia Ackworth
Genia Ackworth

I listened to the N. County Police Chief and all the gun fire, someone shot in the head, one guy turning around and pointing a gun right at a cop, etc., sorry but a police presence is needed. Just because its calm where you are doesn't mean its calm all over. I wonder what some of these people would do if they didn't have a police force at all??

Dierdre Lockette
Dierdre Lockette

The first amendment says you have a right to peaceful assembly.

Donna Glass
Donna Glass

Act like an idiot and don't comply with police requests then get tear gassed ... simple as that

Bill Hennig
Bill Hennig

I was in LA for those riots. This does not compare.

Scott Carter
Scott Carter

@ Erik Olsen I understand that people have a hard time complying with the cops because they are breaking your freedom of rights.you do have every right to be in your yard but at the same time the people that don't comply are making it hard for the cops to handle the people breaking into stores and causing more destruction.

Jimmy Pletka
Jimmy Pletka

You are wrong about the coverage...... Too much social media and our media thrives on that..... One person "tweets" and the news reports it........ It keeps poopin up in my feed

Laura Tomerlin
Laura Tomerlin

If they would peacefully protest without rioting, looting, shooting weapons maybe the police wouldn't need to use tear gas!!!!!!!!

Erik Olsen
Erik Olsen

One less masked shotgunner. Wonder why he drew a pistol though. I'm fortunately a few blocks away from any trouble but I would have a very hard time complying with any police order to exit my own lawn and go back in my house.

Erik Olsen
Erik Olsen

They sure could stop all air traffic for a bit, especially those pesky news choppers. >.

Scott Carter
Scott Carter

I think they forgot that cops are a authority figure and when they tell you to do something do it don't sit there and question the authority. Also Ferguson Police Department put a statement out asking for protesters to protest during the day so that they could deal with the people bringing destruction to your community. If you do what they say they would not resort to those actions.

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

Fuck all those Ferguson ghetto thug terrorists! Bunch of piece of shit criminal terrotrist niggas!!!!!! Fuck the NAACP, fuck the black panthers, fuck em all! They all shouuld be hung from trees;

Tammy Pletka Mortenson
Tammy Pletka Mortenson

Not the way for the public to protest a situation. And let's look at the background of everyone involved, not just the officer.

Monica Latorre
Monica Latorre

I hope you know there hasn't been much coverage of the Ferguson incidents since they've blocked journalists and helicopters but I agree more peaceful kind shit on tv would make people less likely to exacerbate most situations. Sadly, some cannot be swept under the rug that easily.

Dana Phillips
Dana Phillips

at Jennifer Hill...afraid of black people???? wtf is that supposed to mean....u sound stupid

Mike Sadlo
Mike Sadlo

Oh Wah. If that's the case maybe these people need to stop rioting and be inside getting ready for work

Anna Probst
Anna Probst

But call it something nice like a Unicorn Love Machine (UFM) instead of like, Metal Particle Exploder... dont want to rustle any jimmies....

Anna Probst
Anna Probst

Lets make them pink glitter cannons. That shit never comes out of anything- clothes, hair, streets. Everything would be faaaaabuloussssss and then you'll have someone complaining they got it in their eyes and their lungs but they wont care because hello, glitter.

John Blecha
John Blecha

After 2days of these protests turning into riots after nightfall, anything short of shooting them i justified.

Ree Cee
Ree Cee

That would be glorious. :)

Evets Neerg
Evets Neerg

Two more shootings but don't use tear gas.

clinton.hutchins
clinton.hutchins

Thursday, August 14, 2014: Brian Mitchell

Who got beat up Brian? I didn't see or hear about anybody white being beat up coming to the protest! I would certainly appreciate and honor any person of any color who joined in the protest against the uncivilized behavior of people who are paid by us to protect and serve. That has not happened in the North County area for almost 4 decades Now. Did you know Brian, That on Natural Bridge between Lucas and Hunt & Jennings Station Road, that they hold at least one sobriety check every week? Sobriety check by the way Brian is code for we are getting ready to shake the neighborhood down! Do you also know Brian, that a woman was taken out of her house about four years ago, and raped by a Beverly Hills police officer. Smiling Bob McCullough never brought charges against that officer, the only reason that he is in prison today is because of federal charges that were brought against him. Tell me this Brian, both of the police chiefs would not give out the police officers name, but St. Louis County police chief Jon Belman, readily gave out the name and address of the teenager that the St. Louis County police shot Tuesday night?

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

If a white cop had not shot an unarmed black teenager under questionable circumstances, then there would be no protesters taking to the streets demanding accountability.

YinzerV
YinzerV

Police = hoosier animals.  

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

You have no gag reflex for the police bollocks. Bet you swallow, too. Cheers!

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

If white cops would not shoot unarmed black males under questionable circumstances, then there would be no protests!!1!

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

You have no gag reflex for the police and probably swallow, too. Hope they give you comfy kneepads LoL

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

Please punch yourself in your ballz. Then slam them in a car door. Cheers.

YinzerV
YinzerV

Fuck the hoosiers.  Fuck the crickers.  Fuck the KKK.  Fuck that fat, drug-addicted Hoosier King Rush Limbaugh.  

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