After Sunday's riot by some protesters that led to the looting and burning of a few local businesses, on Monday it was the police's turn:
In an attempt to disperse the crowd, officers made their way down West Florissant, a main street in Ferguson. When some residents, chanting “Don’t shoot, my hands are up,” refused to leave, officers began deploying tear gas. [...]You can continue to follow this story as it develops on your local or national news ... or not:
As police moved up West Florissant, many residents said they were trapped. The neighborhood consists of a series of cul-de-sacs with one main road — West Florissant, now blocked by police — stretching between them. [...]
“These m———— came out of the cut and sprayed me in the face like this is a f—– video game or something.” the man said. [...]
As police continued to press forward, they demanded that residents “get out of the street,” “return to your homes” and “go home now.”
In turn, residents responded: “These are our homes.”
Police have tried to prevent local reporters and other journalists from covering the protests in Ferguson, the Missouri town that has been upended by the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager.Because of course Ferguson police have nothing to hide.
While there was a spate of looting on Sunday night, Monday's demonstrations were peaceful. Protestors faced tear gas and rubber bullets from officers trying to break their ranks up. At the same time, police told local media to get out of the area.