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Monday, August 18, 2014

Live Blog: 31 Arrested, 2 Shot, Police Under Attack in Ferguson

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 8:30 PM

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click to enlarge The National Guard stations at the command post before night falls in Ferguson. - JESSICA LUSSENHOP
  • Jessica Lussenhop
  • The National Guard stations at the command post before night falls in Ferguson.
8:35 p.m. - Captain Ron Johnson, the Missouri State Highway Patrol officer in charge of security in Ferguson and a hero of sorts to a community that feels disconnected from its mostly white police force, explains why demonstrators can't gather on the sidewalks in Ferguson tonight. And these are the guys who will be in charge of "addressing" that criminal element: --- 8:30 p.m. - Things are tense yet peaceful, and it's only just after dark. Several people have been arrested, including Getty Images photographer Scott Olson, who took this quintessential photo: Pancho Bernasconi, vice president of news at Getty and a man with an incredible name, condemned the arrest in a statement: "We strongly object to his arrest and are committed to ensuring he is able to resume his important work of capturing some of the most iconic images of this news story." Riverfront Times managing editor Jessica Lussenhop caught this arrest on camera in front of the McDonald's that was busted into last night. Police say it was attacked by looters, but images show many protesters using milk from the restaurant to help people hit by tear gas.

Update, 9:18 p.m.: Police arrested at least two people for failure to disperse and disorderly conduct, the Associated Press reports.

Police aren't messing around, even if the world is watching. While Don Lemon was broadcasting live on CNN, police tried to shove him down the road along with a group of protesters.

"I think we're about to be arrested because we're standing on a sidewalk," Lemon tells the CNN anchors who ask what it's like in Ferguson today. "You can see what's happening. We've been standing here all day. They told us to come here. I can't move. I'm not going to resist a police officer."

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