Police in Ferguson Fire Tear Gas Amid Looting, Protesters Protect Stores

by NBC News | August 16, 2014


Armored vehicles rolled back onto the streets of Ferguson early Saturday, as riot police faced off with looters in the Missouri town gripped by protests since the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen.

The violence broke the brief period of calm that had settled over Ferguson, Missouri, after outrage over the shooting of Michael Brown spilled over.

Protests had started off peacefully in Ferguson on Friday night. Rev. Jesse Jackson linked arms with protesters, leading them in prayer and urging them to “turn pain into power” while fighting back non-violently, NBC Affiliate KSDK reported. Crowds turned rowdy and looting later broke out, according to KSDK.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson said some in the crowd began throwing rocks and other objects at police, according to The Associated Press.

Tear gas was deployed and riot police moved in, with some locals forming lines to protect local businesses from looters.

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