Police Have Fired Teargas At Media, Children Without Warning In Ferguson

The situation in Ferguson continues to worsen, with tension between protestors and police seemingly rising with every second. Despite a brief reprieve late last week when Missouri Governor Jay Nixon relieved St Louis County Police of their command and placed Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson – a black man and a native of Ferguson – in charge, the situation escalated once again on Sunday night following the weekend instalment of a police-enforced curfew.

On Friday we learned that the officer involved in the shooting of Michael Brown was a man by the name of Darren Wilson. We learned that there was a video allegedly showing Brown being involved in an armed robbery previously. But we also learned that that was not the reason for Wilson confronting Brown in the first place – rather it was the original “he was walking on the road and not the footpath” excuse.
And now we’re hearing word that Police have once again – without warning – fired teargas and rubber bullets at crowds of protesters, which have included children, along with throngs of media reporting on the scene.
The Police began firing on the protesters at 9pm – well before the established midnight curfew – and had not warned press or protesters beforehand. Twitter posts from reporters on the scene captured the chaos.

Just prior to the Police offensive, the St Louis County PD had tweeted that Molotov cocktails had been thrown at police. But press on the scene are disputing that claim.

This new escalation in heavy-handed Police responses comes on the heels of a preliminary autopsy report being released that found that Michael Brown had been shot a total of six times, which included two shots in the head – one on top of his head, indicating that he was leaning down when struck with, what proved to be, the fatal shot.

Sadly, there appears to be little end in sight for what has to be one of the bleakest events in US Law Enforcement history, and must surely be the catalyst for sweeping reform.
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