An overwhelming group of SWAT forces in riot gear has descended on protesters who gathered once again in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday. Meanwhile, some of the protesters reportedly threw rocks and bottles at the police. "Your right to assembly is not being denied," police were telling the protesters before the sudden showdown. Those reporters turned out to be Reilly of the Huffington Post and Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post.
Within just a few weeks a grand jury is expected to have a decision on whether or not to indict the police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri , this summer. The MHP panel talks about a report by Amnesty International on the police response to protests in Ferguson and the human rights concerns raised by the military-grade weapons and use of force.
A fragile peace shattered in Ferguson early Saturday, as looters again robbed neighborhood business while law enforcement in riot gear -- monitoring another night of protests against last week's killing of teenager Michael Brown -- largely looked on without intervening. Brown's friend Dorian Johnson said he was with Brown at the time of the shooting and that Wilson shot Brown without provocation.
A fragile peace shattered in Ferguson early Saturday, as looters again robbed neighborhood business while law enforcement in riot gear -- monitoring another night of protests against last week's killing of teenager Michael Brown -- largely looked on ...
While the New York's Police Department was certainly more reserved than Ferguson's -- there was no tear gas, rubber bullets, or riot gear used -- a handful of people were arrested. One was associated with the group in charge of the march. According to the NYPD, we were trespassing in the bank, although we planned on using the ATM.
In video taken from across the street tear gas is seen to erupt just at the base of a three-person crew, who evacuated the area after pointing their cameras at the action. A armored SWAT vehicle then approaches the equipment, and three heavily-militarized officers turn the cameras toward the ground.
'This is no longer a peaceful protest': Ferguson SWAT fire tear gas at protesters
The Ferguson, Missouri police department has faced criticism for its response to an officer shooting dead 18-year-old Michael Brown--its riot gear , how it has protected the officer's identity, and that it reportedly neglected a key witness to Brown's death. A 2007 survey of local police forces across the country from the Department of Justice showed that the average for a city of Ferguson's size--21,000--is an 87.5-percent white police force, and 5.6-percent black.
Two reporters, from The Huffington Post and The Washington Post, reported being manhandled by police. The Washington Post released a statement saying it was "appalled" and that the arrest was "an assault on the freedom of the press." Amid protests over Michael Brown's death, officials pushed back the planned start of the school year and the police chief appealed for calm.
"Hands up! Don't shoot!" About 30 demonstrators, who were almost all black, sat down in the middle of an intersection near a line of about a dozen riot police, who were all white. Both journalists have been released , possibly thanks to a phone call from Matt Pearce of the LA Times to the Ferguson police chief , asking why the men were being held.
SWAT officers gather near the QuikTrip in Ferguson. First, a drive-by hit a young woman in the head a little past midnight. Later, a St. Louis County police officer shot and critically wounded a man police say pulled a gun on an officer. The man was taken to the hospital, and police recovered a gun at the scene.