Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters during another night of violence and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday, the eighth consecutive day of demonstrations following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer.
After a few nights of relative calm in the tension-filled city, the situation ratcheted up again: tear gas was unleashed on protesters and people in the media; officers in riot gear wielded assault weapons; people in the street hurled Molotov cocktails at police officers. Finally, Gov. Jay Nixon decided local authorities were losing control of the situation, and he ordered in the National Guard.
And, as has been the case since the beginning of the protests, you didn't need television to see what was happening on the ground in Ferguson. On social media, scores of journalists from local and national media outlets as well as area residents captured the chaotic scene as it unfolded.
Our present situation is bad. The trust broken by the #Ferguson police is endangering lives. We have to repair it. Communities need police.— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 18, 2014