All hell is breaking loose in Ferguson, Missouri, again, one week after Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year old was gunned down by police. It is one hour into the curfew that was imposed earlier today and police are launching what appears to be tear gas or smoke bombs into what is reported to have been a peaceful crowd of demonstrators.
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Some says smoke, others say tear gas deployed in #Ferguson.
Public relations officer confirms to me that was tear gas, not smoke bombs as some had suggested #Ferguson
Note that CNN is dutifully reporting that it was smoke bombs. (Never mind the police seen wearing gas masks.)
CNN is reporting that people are being arrested and put into vans.
At this hour, things appearing to be calming down. But what's important to remember here:
The police would rather dress in military gear, deploy trucks, use tear gas/smoke, and intimidate people than arrest the cop. #Ferguson
MSNBC's Goldie Taylor reports that she's received photographs showing both smoke and tear gas canisters. Meanwhile, police are still denying tear gas was used. You make the call.
Police said they fired smoke and tear gas canisters into a crowd of defiant protesters who gathered in a St. Louis suburb early Sunday where a black teen had been shot by a white police officer while walking down the street. [...]
Highway Patrol Spokesman Lt. John Hotz initially said police only used smoke, but later told The Associated Press that they also fired tear gas canisters.
Of course most of America went to bed tonight thinking, "Well, it was just smoke ..."