FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The first night of a state-imposed curfew in Ferguson, Missouri, ended with tear gas and seven arrests, after police dressed in riot gear used armored vehicles to disperse defiant protesters who refused to leave a St. Louis suburb where a black, unarmed teen had been shot by a white police officer a week earlier.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said protesters weren’t the reason for the escalated police reaction early Sunday morning after the midnight curfew took effect, but a report of people who had broken into a barbecue restaurant and a man who flashed a handgun in the street as armored vehicles approached the crowd of protesters.

Also overnight, a man was shot and critically wounded in the same area, but not by police; authorities were searching for the shooter. Someone also shot at a police car, officials said.

The protests have been going on since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed Aug. 9 by a white Ferguson officer, Darren Wilson. The death heightened racial tensions between the predominantly black community and mostly white Ferguson Police Department, leading to several run-ins between police and protesters and prompting Missouri’s governor to put the Highway Patrol in charge of security.

The Ferguson Police Department waited six days to publicly reveal the name of the officer and documents alleging Brown robbed a convenience store before he was killed, though Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Wilson did not know Brown was a suspect when he encountered him walking in the street with a friend.

Gov. Jay Nixon, who declared a state of emergency in Ferguson on Saturday after protests turned violent the night before, said Sunday morning on ABC’s This Week that he was not aware the police were going to release the surveillance video.

“It’s appeared to cast aspersions on a young man that was gunned down in the street. It made emotions raw,” he said.

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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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