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Protestors Defy Curfew In Ferguson, Mo.

Will Federman |
August 17, 2014 | 9:38 a.m. PDT


One man was critically wounded in a shooting and seven people were arrested after protestors failed to obey a state-imposed curfew in Ferguson, Missouri early this morning. Gov. Jay Nixon imposed the midnight curfew after declaring a State of Emergence early on Saturday, following a week of violence that has rocked the St. Louis suburb.

Yesterday marked the one week anniversary of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was killed by six-year Ferguson police veteran Darren Wilson. The circumstances surrounding Brown's death, and the heavy-handed police response to protestors, has turned the St. Louis suburb into a nationally televised war zone.

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Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who took operational command away from St. Louis County and Ferguson police on Thursday, said tear gas and other tactics were used after protestors took to the roof of a nearby barbecue restaurant and another demonstrator approached police with a gun. Police initially told reporters tear gas was not fired, but later admitted to using the chemical agent on protestors after journalists started to circulate images of tear gas canisters on social media.

The release of a video on Friday allegedly showing Brown stealing a box of cigars from a convenience store, along with the incident report, deeply angered a community in search of answers. After tensions seemed to deescalate on Thursday, an awkward press conference by Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jacksondirectly refusing a request from the Department of Justice to not release the videowas seen by many, including Brown's family, as character assassination.

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Jackson was forced to backtrack on comments linking the "strong-arm robbery" to Brown's shooting, revealing at a yet another press conference that Wilson was unaware Brown was the robbery suspect when he encountered the unarmed black youth. But the correction did little to dissipate mounting frustrations with local police and anger quickly turned into rioting Friday night.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who was highly critical of Nixon's decision to remove security control from county police earlier in the week, has previously said there is "no timeline" on a grand jury hearing into the fatal shooting. Nixon called McCulloch "a seasoned prosecutor that has an opportunity to step up here and do his job" on NBC's "Meet the Press."


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