Update: Police Briefing Ferguson, Missouri, Monday 1:14 am

Update: Police Briefing Ferguson, Missouri, Monday 1:14 am

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Ferguson, Missouri
Ferguson, Missouri

WASHINGTON, August 27, 2014 – Clashes between protestors and police in Ferguson, Missour are quickly escalating at this moment (10:18pm CT).  Protestors have been encroaching on their position in a way that they are categorizing as “violent

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One protestor on CNN, Alisha Williams (not pictured) is audibily upset, saying the police are lying by saying that the protestors were becoming violent. That they just wanted to kneel before the command center, hands in the air, when they started firing tear gas.  Ms. Williams cried that she win the military in Iraq for ten years and was never tear gassed but here on the streets of her own town.
10:39 CT:  CNN reporters on the ground are reporting that protestors have fired guns at the police and reporters. Steve Kastenbaum, a CNN producer, is confirming that the protestors have come violent and were shooting at the police. He also stated that the majority of the protestors are peaceful.  (10:4p om CT)
Kastenbaum is saying that a large number of protestors began walking, en masse, toward the police.
10:55 pm -HLN Law Enforcement Analyst Mike Brooks is saying that Law Enforcement is an a position of “what can they do?”  They are being fired at from the group, and if protestors are going to be firing guns at the police, they are going to respond in kind. People need to leave the area as it is impossible for the police to separate the protestor with a gun and the protestor without.
11:29 CT – Julie Boseman, National Correspondant, New York Times has reported that the police seem to not be arresting protestors. Boseman is reporting that her conversations with residents of Ferguson want the protesting to be over, and the rioting and looting to stop.
12:20pm CT – Don Lemon of CNN reports that Ferguson is a “City Under Seige” ad that the hot zone has increased in side and police are absolutely not letting people into the zone. Businesses in the area have requested that no one, including media, have access to their parking lots or businesses.
Lemon reports that at least 6 gunshots were fired, and there is a report that a police officer has been shot.
It looks like a war zone with helicopters overhead as the police have switched gears from protestors to protecting the businesses of Ferguson.
Ferguson will most like remain quiet during the curfew. As news of Brown’s autopsy reports are released, tensions promise to escalate.  The family is expected to speak to the media tomorrow morning at 9:30am CT.

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Lemon is reporting that he undertands the difficulty of the police as they have to protect those citizens and businesses from what media is characterizing as “bad actors” who are creating havoc in Ferguson, including shooting at police.

Police are expected to make a statement in the next few minutes: (12:34 am CT)

1:14 am CT – Capt. Johnson started by thanking the police for protecting the citizens of Ferguson. He said that following a day of prayer, after dark, the protests turned into looting, rioting and acts of aggression and violence and that the police had to “protect the citizens of Ferguson and the businesses.”

“When we saw violent acts, including shooting of guns and throwing of moltov cocktails into businessess, we had to act.” Looting happened starting at 8:59 with the shooting of a protestor by a protestors. There were reports of lootings of businesse including Dominos Pizza, Rally’s Auto Parts, and a self storage place.

There were reports of numerous gun shots, and molotov cocktails from the crowd to the police.

Ferguson rioters
Ferguson rioters

At 9:15 the McDonalds on Florence Avenue was overrun and employees had locked themselves into a back room.  For those that claim the curfew that started this violence, the violence began some three and half hours before the curfew.

Three people were shot during the evening by persons other than law enforcement.

The Ferguson police is bringing in additional forces from neighboring communities.






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