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
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.
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.