VIDEO: Police Shoot Tear Gas and Smoke Grenades Into a Crowd Of Protesters in Ferguson

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The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri has experienced dramatic protests and unrest following the death of unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown by the police. This evening police and protestors came to blows on the streets of  Ferguson, with St. Louis County Police officers demanding a crowd of smartphone-holding protesters and reporters to turn off their phones  around 10PM. Shortly afterwards, police fired tear gas, smoke grenades, and rubber bullets into a peaceful protesting crowd.


Yes, this is really America.


Here’s a longer version of the video, which was streamed online:

UPDATE: Better video from Fox in St. Louis:

And another video from a livestream earlier tonight:

Also, note that earlier this evening Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowrey and Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly were arrested when a SWAT team entered a McDonalds and told them to stop recording. Here’s Lowery’s video:

A few recent tweets of the gas being used by police:






Also, this picture is proof that this violence is clearly a two-way street.


There’s a lot to read on the Ferguson unrest elsewhere, so — as a citizen of the world — I recommend you get educated on it. Wesley Lowery’s coverage at the Washington Post is fantastic. Pretty much every news-ish blog on the Internet is covering, so stay tuned.

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