The riots and protests continue after 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by an officer in Missouri. New footage and pictures show officers combating the protests in riot gear. See below…
FERGUSON, Missouri – Police in riot gear fired tear gas into a crowd of protesters in a St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager had been fatally shot by police over the weekend, as tension rose even amid calls for collective calm.
Between two nights of unrest, a community forum hosted by the local chapter of the NAACP civil rights group Monday night drew hundreds to a sweltering church in Ferguson, the St. Louis County suburb of 21,000 that’s nearly 70 percent black and the place where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot multiple times after being confronted by an officer.
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said a large crowd that gathered throughout the day Monday at the site of a burned-out convenience store turned rowdy at nightfall, throwing rocks at police. Officers used tear gas and shot “beanbag rounds” meant to stun them, he said.
St. Louis County police spokesman Brian Schellman said there were at least five arrests and no reports of looting. Nearly three dozen people had been arrested following a candlelight vigil Sunday night when crowds burned stores, vandalized vehicles, assaulted reporters and taunted officers.
Read more: CBS News
Here are some of the tweets and video footage from the riots:
— FOX2now (@FOX2now) August 12, 2014
Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear the area. pic.twitter.com/TUZPjZGrlv
— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 12, 2014
— Valerie Schremp Hahn (@valeriehahn) August 12, 2014