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Here’s the shotguns used tonight. Lots of restraint shown:

Summary of the night (August 18th, 2014):

There were many arrests throughout the night. Water bottles and other objects were thrown at police, and after gunshots rang out near the QuikTrip, police began firing smoke and gas indiscriminately. There have been reports of white anarchist agitators from out of town, provoking police.

Many protesters ran, terrified, coughing. Journalists were caught in the gas: one canister rolled right under a photographer, who collapsed from it. Fires and bricks were used by residents to try and keep back police.

Police began clearing out the street, ordering anyone who wasn’t credentialed media to leave or be faced with arrest. When one reporter (who is livestreaming the events and has a camera on him) explained he lost his credentials while being fired at and showed his PRESS patch instead, officer told him “this doesn’t mean shit” while ripping the journalist’s PRESS patch off of his vest and throwing it to the ground.

Police formed two lines and began moving forward. A handful of protesters got caught between the lines, trapped but repeatedly told to get out. Among them, WaPo reporter Wesley Lowery reports that the entire neighbourhood has barriers and many people are unable to get home.

SWAT teams have begun doing tactical sweeps and media were ordered away.

Amnesty International was also on the ground tonight and were kicked out by police. Currently, AI is highly critical of the US.

There are still a few people trapped, it appears, including a few reporters, who are tweeting that they’re being mercilessly gassed. After ordering the media away, the police seem to be gassing entire neighbourhoods indiscriminately:

And here’s an image of what it looks like when they fire gas:

Currently waiting for a presser from Captain Johnson, who was seen tonight attempting to keep peace with no helmet/mask/gear.

Highway Patrol officers — wearing no SWAT gear — arrived in Ferguson late Thursday afternoon. Cheers greeted the announcement by the head of the patrol, Capt. Ron Johnson, over a megaphone that he and his officers were “going to march with you.”

Johnson told reporters: “I understand the anger and fear the residents of Ferguson are feeling, and our police officers will respect both of them.”

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Missouri Governor puts highway patrol in charge of Ferguson (X)

It’s amazing how they were able to survive the “angry mob” and even walk among them without riot gear. Could it be possible that listening to and validating black people’s concerns over the anti-black police force could actually do some good? Could treating them like real live human beings instead of insulting, threatening, terrifying, and assaulting them can actually make a difference? 

SIGNAL BOOST
A 25 year old black man was shot and killed this Tuesday. He is allegedly well-known by the police because, as his cousin puts it, “… mentally, he has complications. Every officer in this area, from the Newton Division, knows that — that this child has mental problems.”

In south LA, a cop was responding to a call on a disturbance in the area.Ezell Ford was walking down the street with his mom when the cop told him to get on the ground. He did. As he was on the ground, complying with police orders, the cop shot him in the back. Ezell died during emergency surgery.
I urge everyone in the LA area to join this protest.

Above: Ferguson on August 13th

Below: Ferguson on August 14th after the National Guard took over.

You see this? You see this? THIS is how you deal with a protest. You sit with them. You talk with them. You march with them. You eat with them. Understand their ideals and discuss them. Even embrace them if they have a point. The difference between yesterday and today is a switch. This, if nothing else, proves how utterly incompetent Ferguson’s cops are.

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1970 Chicano Moratorium

44 years ago today, 30,000 marched in East LA in the Chicano Moratorium in protest of the Vietnam War, and in an act of self-determination for Chicanos. Historians believe the Chicano Moratorium was one of the largest anti-war protests of its day and the first to call attention to the number of Chicanos disproportionately represented in Vietnam.

Thousands who gathered at Laguna Park after the march to listen to speakers and performers were forced to run for cover after deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department began brutally attacking march-goers with night sticks. Reporter Rubén Salazar was one of them.

Salazar, who was a well-known journalist, was killed later that evening at the Silver Dollar Bar on Whittier Boulevard when sheriff’s deputies shot a tear gas canister into the bar. The canister hit Salazar in the head and killed him instantly. Salazar had clashed with local police in the months before his death, reports the LA Times. Ángel Díaz and Lynn Ward also died that day.

See documentary on the Chicano Moratorium. More stories here.

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August 11, 2014 - Ferguson, Missouri:

Protesters peacefully rallying against the killing of Mike Brown, the 18 year old who was due to start college next week brutally killed by an officer, were attacked ruthlessly. Police in riot gear fired rubber bullets and tear gas on demonstrators as they had their hands up yelling “don’t shoot!” echoing Mike Brown’s yells as he turned toward the officer, unarmed.

Police fired tear gas on people standing in their backyards. They also fired smoke bombs toward journalists and reporters, shining their flashlights toward cameras so as to blind viewers watching the events.

Hacktivist group “Anonymous” has called for national demonstrations in all major cities of the United States to protest the infringements on the freedom of assembly. They also called upon the police department to release dashboard video cams in order to fully understand the entire situation. Witnesses however confirm the popular story.

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