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Watch Police in Ferguson Arrest, Tear Gas Journalists [VIDEO]


Police launched a tear gas canister near an Al Jazeera news crew, tear-gassing one journalist and causing the rest to flee. Reporter Ash-Har Quraishi tells Al Jazeera the news team thought they were in a safe area when the tear gas started.

"The Al Jazeera crew were in a place we believed to be safe," he said. "Soon afterwards people started running towards us, saying they were being fired on with rubber bullets. Rubber bullets were fired on us, and then a canister. We had to retreat into the neighborhood."

KSDK (Channel 5), which was also filming in the area, caught their run from tear gas on tape:


In a move that left onlookers across the county shocked and upset, police also arrested Alderman Antonio French, a former journalist whose video updates on standoffs with police have opened a vital portal into the unrest. As of 6:20 a.m. French was still in jail, charged with unlawful assembly, and protesters gathered in front of the police station all night to demand his release.

Followers noticed French was uncharacteristically silent on Vine, a video-sharing network, for about two hours before French's wife confirmed on Twitter that he'd been arrested from his car on then-unknown charges.

French is expected to be released shortly. Here's the last video he took before being arrested:

Riverfront Times had our own issues with smart-talking police while covering demonstrations in Ferguson Wednesday night...

...and reporter Ray Downs says police threw a tear gas canister at him last night on a residential street with no one else in sight. That brought back some memories.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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Grant Mullin
Grant Mullin

Not wrong. Same but different, if that helps. Detentions are shorter in duration and scope than arrest, and require a lower burden of proof. If I have Reasonable Suspicion that a crime has or is about to occur, and reasonably believe that a person may have information about this, I can detain them for a short period of time to investigate the matter. As part of my investigation, I can conduct a pat down for weapons (if I reasonably believe that they may be present) and seek information to determine exactly what is, has, or will happen. The timeframe can vary a bit due to each set of circumstances, but 20 minutes or so has been ruled to be a reasonable timeframe for detaining someone. If I have Probable Cause to believe a specific person has committed a crime, I can arrest that person. At that point, I can conduct a complete search of their person for weapons, evidence, and contraband, as well as their vehcile if they are or have been near it recently. I can remove them from the scene and hold them (in jail) for 24 hours or until I get a warrant issued for the charges. If anyone resists an arrest or detention, I am authorized to use force to apprehend them (in addition, resisting an arrest or detention is a crime, so resisting immediately gives me probable cause to make an arrest).

Vicki Hammer Rademacher
Vicki Hammer Rademacher

and also...DO NOT even think of comparing me to Hitler...I am nothing like him and I morn the loss for this family too. I do not see how stomping up and down the streets cussing and burning down building proves anything other than thug behavior. If this can help solve this problem, please explain. I don't think it wil, I am not picking a fight here I just don't see how this solves the problem at all!

Michael Kyro
Michael Kyro

Yeah Cest , I've been to ferguson, ....and the OVERWHELMING CRIMINAL ELEMENT I'm talking about have just starred on their own T.V. reality show, ..You know, the ones that have destroyed businesses, and stole everything they could get their hands on...among other things....you think these people just became SOOO stupid and felonious over night? ...those Cops. Deal with their BULLSHIT everyday....and have for a long time....and THAT bullshit CRIMANAL element, meaning the HUNDREDS of thugs that were filmed busting windows and pouring in like roaches to steal everything they could..are the same ones the Cops have been dealing with for years..making it unsafe for the Cops and for those doing the crimes, especially if your already a perp that's stole from a QT, and tried to resist arrest, ..from what I see, yeah the cop was excessive, he probably should have stopped shooting after the first bullet that hit ....tragic... maybe the messege... dont steal, dont resist when busted, especially dont fight and try to flee, .will be heard here also....you knows why so many more blacks get hassled in ferguson.??...Because Its a predominantly black area, and Its predominantly blacks doing the crimes.duhh.....I lives in Edwardsville, Way more whites gettin hassled by da man here, and way more whites doing the crimes here,.. any clue why? ..because it predominantly WHITE....go figure.... Edwardsville has a larger population than ferguson.. but not EVEN close to the crime rate of furgison...hmmm...wonder why...

Vicki Hammer Rademacher
Vicki Hammer Rademacher

We know this as facts?? Really?? Haven't heard any real facts released yet...according to the media those have not been released yet.

Mike Bradley
Mike Bradley

Here's an example. While overseas there was a rape. People said the sketch looked like me. I was in my room. The police came. I had no clue why. If I had copped an attitude, and tried to walk away, they could have easily arrested me. At that point I would have broken a law. Instead I waited and complied. They didn't arrest me. They didn't shoot me. They asked if they could take pictures of me. I let them. They used them for a photo line up and I was cleared. Uneventful and I had no previous reason for being stopped and had no clue why. They had reasonable suspicion for doing so that was unknown to me. It has nothing to do with martial law or Hitler. There was nothing I had done and only detained so I could be cleared or verified as involved. That can happen at any time. What if I had been the one and decided I didn't have to comply? Do you think walking away or getting an attitude was going to result in, "Oh. OK. He doesn't want to stop. I guess there's nothing we can do?" You're a fool if you think you have authority to interfere and flee. You do nothing but increase suspicion and escalate. That's just stupid, not an exercise of rights. The Constitution gives you certain rights but doesn't protect you from the consequences of exercising those rights. Freedomof speech says you can say what you want, but try yelling "FIRE!" ina crowded theater and see how well that works out for you.

Mike Bradley
Mike Bradley

You can protest all you want but do not supercede the authority of the police. That's why they are armed and entrusted with enforcing the laws. When they tell you to get off the street and move to the sidewalk, you comply. You are breaking the law. It's not your decision to tell them the law doesn't apply to you. You have rights, but not the right to determine if you have to comply. It comes down to this. If you are stopped or told to stop then you must comply. Once stopped it they start to question you then you have the right to ask, "Am I under arrest?" If they say yes, then you may ask, "Under what charges?" When provided, you have the right to tell them, "I do not wish to communicate with you without legal representation." He then can/will either let you go or take you into custody. If he says you are not under arrest, then you can tell them, "I do not wish to communicate with you without legal representation. May I continue now?" At that point they either have to let you go or get a warrant for your arrest. You don't have a right to decide if you can proceed, or other crap. By law you must stop when ordered. Period. They can stop and frisk you under the Terry Law for weapons or suspicion that you are involved in criminal activity. You do not have to talk to them, but you must stop and they can frisk you whether you like it or not. Guess what? In most, if not all states, they can also search your car if you put the paperwork in the glove box. They also don't care what you feel your rights are or if you know/think you've done nothing wrong. When you resist or try to do your own thing, you are escalating the situation. Doesn't mean they can shoot you, but it doesn't mean it won't happen as the Ferguson instance proves. Whether the officer is convicted or not, the kid is still dead and that's one hell of a price to pay because you didn't feel you needed to be on the sidewalk.

Michael Angelo Shanks
Michael Angelo Shanks

I was just speaking of conflicting reports while at work and unable to readily access the video footage to look into it myself. In addition to this fox 2 local news is not nearly as conservative in terms of bias as fox national news. I don't know if insulting strangers online is really the best course in terms of motivating the change needed to prevent the next Michael Brown.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

You mean other than Brown? And I agree, when you have violent, dangerous, armed thugs with sniper rifles pointed crowds of people we are lucky that more weren't killed. Of course, the armed thugs shoot black men down in the street a lot, but not when reporters and aldermen are watching, best to tear gas them and steal the reporters cameras and arrest the alderman. The police thugs really know what they are doing.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Do you mean French, or the journalists, or the people protesting?

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

I am not even sure that statement is English. And no papers? wha??? Let me try though: HE WASN'T DOING ANYTHING ILLEGAL.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

If you ever do get arrested for doing something that is not illegal, please remember to not go to the press.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

We can only hope, Gina, if for no other reason than to get another Kool Aid drinking Good German off the streets.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Maybe you should just move to a country that is run by the police and military. I hear Iraq has nice weather. Ferguson won't suffer from losing you. Michael Brown, however, WAS a loss, to us all. For a kid to graduate from an unaccredited school and enroll in Vatterott says a lot about what we could have expected from him in the future. You, however, just sound like another Good German.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Your good officers. Well that says alot about you Zombie (you spelled it wrong). Your good officers did not follow the law we pay them to uphold and enforce from the get go. Shooting an unarmed kid in the back for walking in the street. Calling for crowd control before reporting he had been involved in a fatal shooting. Letting the officer drive off in the patrol car which was part of the crime scene. Refusing to release the autopsy report to Brown's family. The icing on the cake, for me, is the big Confederate flag hanging in "your good" Police Chief's family room.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

If the police had left there would have been no one to throw rocks at. And I think we would have a much better society if people disrespected the law more often-- they work for us, we pay for them, we do not work for them, we are not here to make their jobs easier. None of this would have happened if the police had not shot an unarmed kid for walking in the street. Move to Afghanistan if you want to live in a police state.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Ted, just because other things are happening does not give the police the right to tear gas reporters and take their camera equipment. And I am just wondering if there was footage of the guy that had a gun drawn on the police, because they said that about Brown too. Ted, seriously, you might like it in Afghanistan or Iraq if you think no one should question authority.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

We pay for the police, and our constitution gives us the right protest. You are wrong, we ARE the authority, we just keep forgetting that. This country doesn't need more litigation, it needs a populace that doesn't just swallow whatever Kool Aid the people in charge tell us to drink.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

There was an Austrian dude in Germany back in the 30's and 40's that would have loved you. You might be happier in one of those countries that has martial law. No one will miss you if you decide to move.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Did it occur to you that without this protest it will not be investigated properly? Let's not forget that they left Brown's body lying out in the street for FOUR HOURS because they said they couldn't disturb the crimes scene, but they let the officer that shot Brown drive off in his patrol car, which according to their story was also part of the crime scene (had Brown been in the car and the gun had gone off there would have been evidence. Also, they needed to accurately measure the car distance, position from Brown's body, etc), I further suggest you go listen to the police dispatch tapes that Anonymous released. The officer requested crowd control before admitting what had happened. And the dispatcher says they learned of the shooting from the news. They have the autopsy results since Monday but won't release them (yet another illegal thing they have done) to the family. However, the Brown's attorney is going to have a separate autopsy done. The ruckus is not hindering the process. The ruckus is the driving force in making sure the investigation continues and that the Ferguson PD will not be allowed to cover anything else up.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

I agree. Now that the military police are out of there and not aiming sniper rifles at everyone it has calmed down. Great peaceful demo tonight, a lot of good folks, not too many police and no problem with us out in the street. The cops diverted traffic around us.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

I read this as humor. Faux Mews... good one. If you were serious, than, omg, you Kool Aid drinkers never learn do you? But I guess you can't, if you need a television news show to tell you how to think.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Too bad you weren't around in 1939 Germany. A few more like you and Hitler might have won. I'll tell you what would have kept this from happening: if that cop hadn't shot an unarmed kid nineteen times for walking in the street.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Actually the militarization of the police was from the "right" side, those that want smaller government, except for the military part. A volunteer army (conscriptees don't make good soldiers, and the draft involves too many citizens in the war, and therefore creates too much dissent, better to have only the most desperate and the gung-ho), and a military budget that spends most of it's money on weapons of mass destruction and surveillance. After Viet Nam those folks (you seem to be one of them) realized all that and as soon as a Republican was in office (Reagan) they began privatizing the military (letting groups like CACI and Serco take over) giving contractors like Halliburton funds to hire private mercenary armies (billed at a much higher rate to the US government) and eroding Veteran's benefits (because, hey, who needs 'em anymore?). During the 1960's and 70's it was found that it was hard to get reservists to fire on American civilians. The police, however, are already trained to do that. So that is why we have our new military police. And the reason that the largest percentage of our tax money goes to the military and specifically building WMD.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

You saw Antonio French throw a molotov cocktail? You realise that there is a lot going on, in more than one place? Oh, I am sorry, it just sunk in what news channel you were watching. I'll let you go back to drinking your Kool Aid.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Jake, how do you know all this? Were you there? A lot of the problems were in response to the military style occupation by the police. Turn off Faux Mews and listen to the dispatch tape Anonymous released. Or better yet, head down to Ferguson and ask the people in the neighbourhood what happened. Stop drinking the Kool Aid.

Kirk Russell
Kirk Russell

Why do say the request for a peaceful solution is not reasonable ? Because you already know that there will be no justice ? Your attitude is the problem .

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

OVERWHELMING POPULATION of criminals etc? Have you actually ever been to Ferguson? Oh, or did you mean the police? You know, that is true, they are the most violent, racist group of thugs in Ferguson.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

I just wanted to add to you statement "...paid to enforce the law" by taxpayers. We pay their salaries, pay for their guns, jails, and everything else. They work for us.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

You are hilarious. Try actually going out into the world instead of staring at your tv and phone.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

"This" = protests demanding justice for Mike Brown. What no one wants is police with sniper rifles on top of military vehicles.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Yeah they did a great job keeping Michael Brown safe from traffic while he was walking in the street. And there are plenty of people in Ferguson that want this.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

They CAN arrest you without reading you your rights but at some point they do have to state them to you or ask you if you are aware of them, usually at the station if they didn't when they handcuffed you.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Wrong. An arrest goes on your record, a detention does not. And the police are not REQUIRED to read your Miranda rights because of an assumption that everyone knows them now from television (seriously!). But they do have to state them to you at some point while you are being booked (fingerprints, mugshot). They don't take your picture or fingerprint you if you are detained.

Scott Bodicky
Scott Bodicky

Big govt at its best. You all wanted it. You got it. Can't have it both ways.

Vicki Hammer Rademacher
Vicki Hammer Rademacher

Are they supposed to let their lives be threatened...? This makes no sense..what do people expect?

Vicki Hammer Rademacher
Vicki Hammer Rademacher

could you not have just left like you were asked to do? Would that not have kept this from happening?

Andrew William
Andrew William

What's with all the apologetics for the police? Have we lost sight that our basic constitutional rights are being thwarted? Peaceful assembly and protest are guarantees, any time of day unless martial law is declared. Many of you would seem to rather put yourselves under such control... What sheep :/

Jimmie Thomptson
Jimmie Thomptson

these are attention seekers, nothing else, they could care less about any cause

Jacqueline Hadley Conrad
Jacqueline Hadley Conrad

The same people who so vociferously protect their 2nd Amendment rights should now work on their 1st Admendment ones. Without the 1st, the 2nd doesn't really matter.

Sean Neuber
Sean Neuber

Non violent? They burned down a car wash just last night. How many businesses have been destroyed? How many cops have been assaulted? How many cop cars have been tipped over this week? How many fires have they set? How many businesses have been looted? How many innocent white people have been shot or beaten? How much free shit do they need till they feel better? Don't talk to me about non violent! And you wonder WHY the police have had to step it up? Psssh

Jacqueline Hadley Conrad
Jacqueline Hadley Conrad

Uh...actually no, Sean it's not. Most police departments do not use flash grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets anymore. They have learned how to deal with non violent crowds and protesters in a non confrontational, non militarized form.

Tim Corkill
Tim Corkill

the police terrorizing the community is so sad...how many more will they bully

Michael Angelo Shanks
Michael Angelo Shanks

Fox 2 News says it didn't happen this way so now I am confused as all hell........did it happen this way or not?

Travis Chartrand
Travis Chartrand

they shot a man that had a gun drawn on them, Greg. Remember to add that

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