Sunday, August 17, 2014

Overnight: One Shot, Seven Arrested in Clashes After Curfew in Ferguson

Scores of demonstrators remained in the streets last night after a curfew took effect at midnight. Police used loudspeakers to warn protesters to disperse immediately. Officers, equipped with gas masks and full-length shields, stood among and on top of armored vehicles.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson said the person shot at a restaurant and was in critical condition.

Johnson said canisters of smoke and later teargas were fired as part of police attempts to reach the victim of the restaurant shooting, "and not in relation to the curfew." The shooting victim was taken to hospital by bystanders before police could reach him.

Johnson also said someone had shot at a passing police car but was not apprehended, adding "I was disappointed in the actions of tonight," noting "the crowds we've had for the last two nights (were) citizens obeying, protesting."

Duing the clashes, while initially reporting that tear gas was used, both CNBC and MSNBC switched to incorrectly reporting that only smoke canisters were being used, even though multiple credible witnesses including St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, live on television, reported experiencing burning eyes consistent with tear gas.The networks stuck to the story of no tear gas initially given to them by the police.

Video here.

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