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Protesters gassed, journalists arrested in Ferguson

1 year ago August 14, 2014 Aug 14, 2014 Thursday, August 14 2014 Thursday, August 14, 2014 9:25:12 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press / WBRZ

FERGUSON, Mo. - Police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson aren't yet saying how many people were arrested during a night of violent protests over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen. But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says about 10 people were arrested -- including a St. Louis alderman who had been chronicling the protests on social media.

St. Louis TV station KTVI reports that officers warned protesters if they threw anything at police the demonstration would end, and shortly after that police started firing gas cannisters into the crowd. The crowd fled and regrouped, and a Molotov cocktail was later thrown at police. Officers responded with more tear gas and rubber bullets, and said one officer was also injured by a brick thrown at their head.

The violence came hours after the police chief in Ferguson said race relations were the top priority in the town, where a white police officer fatally shot the black teen.

Since Saturday's shooting, officers from multiple departments in riot gear and in military equipment have clashed nightly with the protesters. Sharpshooters with long-barreled rifles were seen training their guns on crowds of protestors.

Two reporters -- from the Washington Post and the Huffington Post -- say they were detained by police for not clearing out quickly enough from a McDonald's where they were working - near the protests but away from the most violent areas. They were released without any charges. Both say they were assaulted but weren't seriously hurt.

A crew from Al Jazeera America said police fired tear gas at their cameras, even though they were a mile away from any protesters. Social media posts from witnesses in the area later showed police removing the journalists' gear.

IMAGES: CNN / KTVI

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