With the world looking on through livestreams, the streets of Ferguson, Mo., transformed on Wednesday night, from the site of a passionate but peaceful protest to a military-style occupation zone.
The similarities weren’t lost on some Palestinian Twitter users, who took to the social network to advise Ferguson residents on how to cope with the effects of tear gas.
St. Louis County police shot tear gas canisters and rubber bullets into the crowd over the course of several hours on Wednesday night, dispersing protesters before corralling them onto residential side streets.
Apparently, that might not be where the similarities between Ferguson and Gaza end. A few unsubstantiated Twitter reports seemed to suggest that St. Louis County’s Police Chief had a connection to the Israeli Defense Forces. After further investigation, it appears that while the current chief of police for the county doesn’t have any ties to Israel, former chief Tim Fitch might. Fitch retired earlier this year after serving in the post since 2009.
As Fox2Now noted in a profile on his retirement: “His job has given him a chance to travel this country and abroad, taking him from Israel where he worked with the Israeli police to New York where he did an assessment of the NYPD.”