Thursday, August 14, 2014

[PHOTOS]: Tear Gas and Terror During Wednesday Night's Ferguson Protest

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 3:09 PM

click to enlarge During the daylight hours, police allowed protesters to stand as close as 25 feet away, much closer than in previous days. - ALL PHOTOS BY DANNY WICENTOWSKI
  • All photos by Danny Wicentowski
  • During the daylight hours, police allowed protesters to stand as close as 25 feet away, much closer than in previous days.

For awhile, Wednesday night's protest in Ferguson looked like the most peaceful gathering since the Saturday shooting of an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown. The calm wouldn't last long.

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Read all Riverfront Times coverage of the unrest in Ferguson and the aftermath of Michael Brown's shooting.

click to enlarge The burned-out QuikTrip has become the epicenter of unrest in Ferguson.
  • The burned-out QuikTrip has become the epicenter of unrest in Ferguson.
click to enlarge One of two snipers who monitored the crowd during Wednesday's protest.
  • One of two snipers who monitored the crowd during Wednesday's protest.
Tension built as the sun set on Ferguson.
  • Tension built as the sun set on Ferguson.
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Around 8 p.m. the situation quickly turned chaotic. Bystanders later told Daily RFT they saw a protester throw a glass bottle and a Molotov cocktail at the police line, observations that were backed up by photos.

In any case, the cops decided it was time to force the protesters out. One officer shouted through a megaphone, "Leave the area immediately! The peaceful protest is no longer peaceful!"

Soon after, officers began launching tear-gas canisters and stun grenades at the crowd.

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Continue for more photos of the police response, as well as residents talking about what they think could end the chaos in Ferguson.

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