Police Use Tear Gas on Ferguson Protesters, Arrest Reporters and Officials, As Nation Watches on Twitter

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Tonight, I watched a live stream from a KARG Argus Radio reporter in Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown was shot to death earlier this week. The footage showed heavily armed police calling for the media to turn off their cameras. Then the police advanced on a crowd of protesters using a sonic weapon the reporter described as "earsplitting," threw tear gas, and, according to the reporter's narrative, fired rubber bullets into the crowd—and into neighboring homes. Here's the video.

And another:

And another:

Ferguson, MO, USA - Tactical officers work their way north on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo., clearing the road of residents, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (Credit Image: © Robert Cohen/MCT/ZUMA Wire)

St. Louis Alderman Antonio French was on the ground tonight, recording the scene on Vine.

Multiple sources have reported that he has been arrested. [UPDATE: Antonio French released this morning.]

Democratic Committeewoman of Ferguson Township Patricia Bynes was also on the ground in Ferguson.

It is real out here on Twitpic

Many people were questioning why #Ferguson wasn't trending nationally on Twitter.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was silent most of the evening, and finally weighed in. Sort of.

No response from the president so far.

All we can do right now is to keep witnessing.


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