In announcing the curfew, Nixon said that though many protesters were making themselves heard peacefully, the state would not allow looters to endanger the community.

“We must first have and maintain peace. This is a test. The eyes of the world are watching,” Nixon said during a news conference that was interrupted repeatedly by people objecting to the curfew and demanding Wilson be charged with murder.

Meanwhile, Nixon said the U.S. Department of Justice is beefing up its civil rights investigation of the shooting. Johnson said 40 FBI agents were going door-to-door in the neighborhood gathering information about the shooting.

Johnson said earlier Saturday that police would not enforce the curfew with armored trucks and tear gas but would communicate with protesters and give them ample opportunity to leave. Local officers faced strong criticism earlier in the week for their use of tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters.

But as the curfew deadline arrived early Sunday, remaining protesters refused to leave the area as officers spoke through a loudspeaker: “You are in violation of a state-imposed curfew. You must disperse immediately.”

As officers put on gas masks, a chant from the distant crowd emerged: “We have the right to assemble peacefully.”

A moment later, police began firing canisters into the crowd. Highway Patrol Spokesman Lt. John Hotz initially said police only used smoke, but later told The Associated Press they also used tear gas canisters.

“Obviously, we’re trying to give them every opportunity to comply with the curfew,” Hotz said.

On Saturday, some residents said it appeared the violent acts were being committed by people from other suburbs or states.

“Who would burn down their own backyard?” asked Rebecca McCloud, a local who works with the Sonshine Baptist Church in St. Louis. “These people aren’t from here. They came to burn down our city and leave.”

Wilson, the officer who shot Brown, is a six-year police veteran who had no previous complaints against him, Jackson has said. The Ferguson Police Department has refused to say anything about Wilson’s whereabouts, and Associated Press reporters were unable to contact him at any addresses or phone numbers listed under that name in the St. Louis area.

Wilson has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said it could be weeks before the investigation wraps up.

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9 thoughts on “Police Use Tear Gas To Enforce Ferguson Curfew

  1. BARRY SORRETOE I PRAY FOR YOUR SOUL AND YOUR HEART YOU SO FULL OF HATE AND RAGE IF YOU REALL Y WANT ALL THE BLACK PEOPLE IN THE WORLD IN TO DIED WHY DON’T YOU GO TO FERGUSON AND KILL THEM ALL PLEASE I BEG YOU TOO I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU ON MY EVENING NEWS I BE LOOKING OUT FOR YOU PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH

  2. I just saw an interview with a couple of black guys on ABC’s show ‘This Week.’ It brought tears to my eyes. The guys were saying that they always have to appear perfect, that they themselves have been mistreated by the police, and how it seems as though the world is against them, and Black men are under attack. Most people that are not of color don’t understand this, and overall it’s a complete waste of time to get MOST people that are not of color to relate. For the record: All men of color or not drawn from the same cloth……just like every one from any other ethnic group AREN’T THE SAME.

    • KeepingItReal on said:

      I respect your comment but I think you are one of the many misguided negroes. You don’t understand that white people could care less if “all black males are not of the same cloth”. It’s not about how blacks act…it’s about how whites act. All white men and all white women are racist and they continue to oppress black people because too many black people don’t recognize it’s NOT about individuals…it’s about the RACE…as a COLLECTIVE. And…until black people stop being cowardly negroes and respond with force…as a COLLECTIVE GROUP…white people will continue to commit crimes against blacks all because they can and because blacks are too cowardly to stop it.

      • Raised in Da Lou on said:

        What do I tell my children, since I was born and raised in St. Louis ghettos…the jails are so full of ignorant people using the excuse of KEEPING IT REAL!!” My child hates the police but has learned getting an education and building a life will get more done than sitting in jail with the homies!!!! To this day the white Dr (Petit) whose family was slaughtered and raped by white criminals breaks my heart. The police sat outside waiting too long while his wife and daughters were being raped and slaughtered. Did he start a hate the police campaign (burn and loot his neighborhood)…I know I know he felt too entitled to fight back!!!!! Take that energy and stop black on black crime so little 3yr old BLACK girls will stop getting shot in the head!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. KeepingItReal on said:

    Black people…if you don’t have an INTELLIGENT and EFFECTIVE response to police brutality…then just SHUT THE FUGG UP. Black people look like a race of weak bishes whose only aggressive response to being slaughtered is to have a “block party”. Useless…smh

    • @Keeping it: Keep the BS to yourself!! Are you referring to ALL Black people, or SOME Black people? Are you Black? If so I guess you can be included in your comment regarding “a race of weak bishes since your comments come across as being directed to ALL black people!!” All Black people aren’t alike, and it would be nice if you would preface your comments that way.

    • Pallas on said:

      Jiggy5, you need to research the psychology behind internet trolls like yourself. You appear to make more comments on BAW than anyone. You obviously don’t have friends or a mate. Get some therapy, a life and a new urban dictionary. Hola

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