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thepoliticalfreakshow:

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Ferguson on Sunday night. The situation quickly spiraled out-of-control when police fired tear gas into the crowd well before the midnight curfew. It’s unclear what prompted the police action.

Capturing the dramatic events for the world was Mustafa Hussein, a student who works at a local all-volunteer music station, Argus Radio. The station is using video equipment it purchased to live-stream concerts to broadcast the protests in Ferguson.

Tonight, as tens of thousands of people around the world watched, Hussein was threatened by an officer wielding a weapon. “Get the fuck out of here! You get that light off or you’re getting shot with this!,” the man shouts. That portion of the live-stream was uploaded to YouTube:

Undeterred, Hussein continued broadcasting. Subsequently, he can be heard reporting the incident to a different officer and other reporters. He then called his dad to tell him he loved him.

Source: Judd Legum for ThinkProgress

h/t: Jim Gallagher at STLToday.com

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Antonio French, a St. Louis alderman, has offered an up-close and often terrifying view of what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri, where police and residents have clashed ever since a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, on Saturday, August 9. For an unflinching look at what is going on the St. Louis suburb, follow French on Twitter.

French, who represents the city’s 21st ward, has been tweeting out spare commentary along with videosand pictures from the scene. But many of the images speak for themselves, particularly those from Monday night, when police in riot gear used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear the streets of residents, some of whom are shown in French’s footage with their hands up in surrender.

For a reporter’s perspective, also follow the Los Angeles Times’ Matt Pearce and the New York Times’ Julie Bosman, who are on the scene.

Source: Lauren Williams for Vox

KMOV reporter Brittany Noble (@BrittanyNoble) on her station’s news truck window being broken:

My take on tonight’s classless and destructive riots in Ferguson, Missouri: There is a right way and a wrong way to protest the injustice committed by the Ferguson cop who shot Michael Brown 10 times. The band of vile duncebuckets who decided to vandalize QuikTrip, KMOV’s news truck, and other businesses and news crews do not represent the majority who were there to protest peacefully. Also, this is NOT a time to make snarky and snide remarks about getting free drinks, candy, or any other item(s) stolen from businesses. #Ferguson #MikeBrown #FergusonRiots #FergusonShooting

H/T: Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Anger and disbelief filled the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed following a confrontation with a police officer while he was walking down the street on Saturday afternoon.

Piaget Crenshaw, a witness to the shooting, told Fox2 St. Louis that Brown and a friend, Dorin Johnson, were walking in the street when a police officer drove up and told them to get on the sidewalk. After a verbal confrontation, Crenshaw said the officer got out of his car and fired a shot and when the teens started running, fired another. “Crenshaw and Johnson say the teen [Brown] held up his hands to show he did not have a weapon, however the officer fired at him two more times and he collapsed and died in the street,” the news channel reported.

Another witness told local news station KMOV that the officer “was in the car shooting this boy.” The woman said, “he threw his hands up and he shot him and the boy fell, then he shot him some more.”

During a Sunday news conference, however, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters that the “genesis was a physical confrontation,” as the officer allegedly attempted to get out of his car and was pushed back in by Brown, after which a struggle over the officer’s weapon ensued. One shot was fired in the car and, as the officer exited his vehicle, several more. Belmar confirmed that Brown was unarmed and while he could not say how many times the teen was shot, it was “more than just a couple.”

Residents of the predominantly African-American suburb took to the streets to protest the killing on Saturday, with members of the crowd reportedly yelling “Kill the police” and firing warning shots, which prompted the police to call in more than 60 additional officers, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Whether residents were indeed chanting “Kill the police,” however, has been called into question; video from a demonstration outside the Ferguson Police Department shows residents chanting “Killer cops have got to go.” Video from a Saturday night demonstration shows residents with their arms raised, chanting “Don’t shoot me!” and “We are Michael Brown” in front of officers holding back barking dogs. Outlets like the Post-Dispatch temperedheadlines describing a “mob reaction” after backlash on social media.

The protests continued into Sunday in advance of the St. Louis County Police department press conference.

The officer involved in the incident, who was not named, has been placed on paid administrative leave and will be interviewed more extensively on Sunday, according to Belmar. The Bureau of Crimes Against Persons has been asked to investigate and the St. Louis County Police Chief said he would turn over the results of their investigation to the county prosecuting attorney to determine whether any charges should be filed.

As for criticism over the length of time Brown’s body was left in the street, reportedly several hours, Belmar said it took a “very long time to process the scene” and the police department was careful to practice “due diligence.”

The local chapter of the NAACP has also called for the FBI to investigate the shooting. “With the recent events of a young man killed by the police in New York City and with Trayvon Martin and with all the other African-American young men that have been killed by police officers … this is a dire concern to the NAACP, especially our local organization,” John Gaskin, a member of the St. Louis County NAACP said.

Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, said her son “doesn’t kill, steal or rob. He doesn’t do any of that.” Brown was scheduled to begin classes at Vatterott College on Monday.

Source: Kiley Kroh for ThinkProgress

h/t: Nicholas Pistor at STLToday.com

H/T: Brandie Piper at KSDK.com

H/T: Danny Wicentowski at Daily RFT