WASHINGTON, August 27, 2014 – Police officers, not all of them from Ferguson’s Police Department, but also from neighboring areas, are launching smoke cannisters at protestors, which number between one hundred and fifty and two hundred persons, approaching the police line and in clear violation of the emergency curfiew now in effect.
Highway commander Johnson has said that they will not be using tear gas, however live feeds of the police show armored vehicles filled with police heavily geared up, even as the police on the street, visible to the protestors, are mostly in non-riot dress, though the do have helmets, vests, and riot shields.
The goal of the action at this time is to enforce the emergency curfew that went into effect at midnight tonight. The smoke was used to disperse the crowd following the violent riotings and lootings of the last couple night, following the August 9th shooting of Michael Brown.
At 1:03am, CT, police are announcing that persons on the street must go home, get off the street, or they will be arrested. The five hour curfew runs from midnight until 5:00am.
Visible in the crowd are yellow hatted person that are there to watch, and chronicle the events as well as journalistis and photo journalists.
The curfew was inacted after riots and looting this morning, around midnight when what had been a large and rowdy but mostly well-behaved crowd, broke into the Quick-Trip convenience store, where Brown was recorded in an alleged robbery, and began looting it.
During the event on Saturday morning, police clashed with about 200 protestors. Police responded with riot gear and gas masks to quell with what Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson called a riot. Three officers were injured as some in the crod began throwing rocks and other objects at the police.
As police backed off to try and ease the tension, looting spread to a couple of nearby stores.
1:10am – Police have arrested at least one protestor this morning.
1:18am- A heavy rain has started to fall, which may help to move the protestors from the street. CNN reporters are saying that someone may have been shot, but at this time, it is unconfirmed and does not seem to be an incident stemming from the confrontations on the street.
1:26am – Antonio French, St. Louis Alderman, has been workign within the protestors to ask them to move off the street and avoid further confrontation. He said that the people in the group wanted to be there, to express their civil disobedience. French reports numbers of protestor in the group he was with to be between 50 and 60.