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Missouri Governor Sends National Guard To Ferguson As Unrest Continues

The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer ignited tensions in Ferguson, Mo., and around the nation. Continued coverage here.

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St. Louis County medical examiner will not confirm the report that Michael Brown had marijuana in his system when he died.

The St. Louis County medical examiner's officer told BuzzFeed Monday that their autopsy showed Michael Brown died from gunshots wounds, but "we're not confirming the number, direction, or toxicology."

The Washington Post is reporting that Michael Brown had marijuana in his system when he died according to a person "who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation."

The St. Louis County medical examiner said they were aware of the article, but would not confirm the report that Michael Brown had marijuana in his system when he died.

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In a statement, Gov. Jay Nixon said there will not be a curfew Monday night and the National Guard's mission will be "limited."

Last night, Ferguson, Missouri experienced a very difficult and dangerous night as a result of a violent criminal element intent upon terrorizing the community. As long as there are vandals and looters and threats to the people and property of Ferguson, we must take action to protect our citizens.

Following coordinated attacks last night both on civilians and law enforcement officers, I signed an executive order directing the Missouri National Guard to help restore peace and order in Ferguson. The Guard's immediate and limited responsibilities under the direction of Colonel Ron Replogle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, are to provide protection, and ensure the safety of our Unified Command Center, which was the target last night of a coordinated attack. The Guard will concentrate its resources on carrying out this limited mission.

Missouri National Guard Brigadier General Gregory Mason will oversee Guard operations in Ferguson under the overall command of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

With these additional resources in place, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement will continue to respond appropriately to incidents of lawlessness and violence, and protect the civil rights of all peaceful citizens to make their voices heard. We will not use a curfew tonight.

Again, I join the people of Ferguson, and all Missourians, in strongly condemning the violent acts we saw last night, including the firing upon law enforcement officers, the shooting of a civilian, the throwing of Molotov cocktails, looting and a coordinated attempt to overrun the unified Command Center.

We are all frustrated and looking for justice to be achieved regarding the shooting death of Michael Brown. As the dual investigations continue into what happened nine days ago at Canfield Green, we must defend Ferguson from these violent interlopers so that the peaceful protests can operate in peace and the search for answers and justice can continue.
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Missouri National Guard departs HQ on Kingshighway for #Ferguson #KSDK

James Tuxbury@tuxKSDK

Missouri National Guard departs HQ on Kingshighway for #Ferguson #KSDK

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Attorneys for Michael Brown's family said Monday that the "kill shot" that struck Brown in the apex of his head went from a "back to front position," which is consistent with eyewitness accounts that Brown was surrendering when he was shot by officer Darren Wilson.

The experts who conducted the autopsy on behalf of the Brown family, Dr. Michael Baden and professor Shawn Parcells, forensic pathologist assistant, confirmed that Brown was shot at least six times.

Federal investigators are expected to conduct their autopsy today or tomorrow, Baden said.

"All of the gunshot wounds were survivable except the one at the top of the head that went through the brain," Baden said.

Pathologists: Two shots to the head were "most likely" the last two to occur to him. #Ferguson

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Pathologists: Two shots to the head were "most likely" the last two to occur to him. #Ferguson

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Family of Michael Brown will hold a press conference Monday to discuss the results of a private autopsy.

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Ferguson schools postpone first day of school citing safety concerns for students.

Monday was supposed to the first day of school for students in the Ferguson-Florissant school district. However, early Monday morning, school officials announced that the district would postpone the start of school year because of concerns for its students safety.

Officials posted a statement on Facebook:

Due to continuing unrest in some areas of Ferguson, and in the interest of the safety of students and families, all schools in the Ferguson-Florissant School District will be closed Monday, August 18.

Information we received from officials on the scene late Sunday evening has contributed to concerns we have about children walking to school or waiting for buses on streets impacted by this activity, debris on the roads that could impact transportation, and continued disruption affecting our students and families in the area.

While our teachers, principals and administration are eager to welcome our students back to school and to begin the 2014-2015 school year, the safety of students is our primary concern.
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NAACP asks violent individuals to stop disrupting the Ferguson protests, calls for police racial profiling training.

Esther Haywood, president St. Louis County NAACP, said Monday in a statement:

We want the individuals that may appear to have a private agenda to cause disruption and chaos within the community to stop. We do not want peaceful protestors to appear that they are causing violence and rioting when incidents are being caused by a small group of individuals that are using this tragedy as an opportunity. Although the National Guard being present will cause many inconveniences for the community, we support Governor Nixon's effort to maintain safety, law and order.

The NAACP is also calling for a formal apology from city of Ferguson to the family of Michael Brown, a state investigation of every Municipal Police Department in St. Louis County that has had a history of police brutality, and for all St. Louis County Police to undergo racial profiling training in the wake of the shooting.

Official Release: St. Louis County @NAACP supports @GovJayNixon's decision to call in @NationalGuard. #Ferguson

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Official Release: St. Louis County @NAACP supports @GovJayNixon's decision to call in @NationalGuard. #Ferguson

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed an executive order directing National Guard resources to Ferguson to "help restore peace and order."

Gov. Nixon signs executive order directing Missouri National Guard resources to Ferguson https://t.co/KSlZzYKOh7

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Gov. Nixon signs executive order directing Missouri National Guard resources to Ferguson https://t.co/KSlZzYKOh7

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Tonight, a day of hope, prayers, and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk. I join the people of Ferguson, and all Missourians, in strongly condemning this criminal activity that included firing upon law enforcement officers, shooting a civilian, throwing Molotov cocktails, looting, and a coordinated attempt to block roads and overrun the Unified Command Center. These violent acts are a disservice to the family of Michael Brown and his memory, and to the people of this community who yearn for justice to be served, and to feel safe in their own homes. Given these deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson, I am directing the highly capable men and women of the Missouri National Guard to assist Colonel Ron Replogle and the Unified Command in restoring peace and order to this community.
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During a police briefing at 2:15 a.m. ET, Capt. Johnson said multiple Molotov cocktails were thrown and gunshots were fired at police. He emphasized that the violence began more than three hours before the curfew took effect.

Captain Johnson: There was shooting, looting, vandalism tonight in Ferguson, Missouri

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Captain Johnson: There was shooting, looting, vandalism tonight in Ferguson, Missouri

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He also said two or three civilians were injured by gunshots in non-officer-related shootings. No police officers were injured.

Captain Johnson: Molotov cocktails were also used tonight — Shots were also fired on officers

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Captain Johnson: Molotov cocktails were also used tonight — Shots were also fired on officers

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Johnson said several people were arrested for failing to disperse, but would not give an exact number on how many people were arrested.

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At midnight local time the curfew for Ferguson goes into effect.

The midnight curfew is now in effect in #Ferguson. Last night, 7 were arrested after curfew. County police told us not one was from Ferguson

Rob Edwards@RobertDEdwards

The midnight curfew is now in effect in #Ferguson. Last night, 7 were arrested after curfew. County police told us not one was from Ferguson

7:02 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police just confront a few people out past curfew on W Florissant and Canfield. One guy thrown to the ground. #Ferguson

Amanda Terkel@aterkel

Police just confront a few people out past curfew on W Florissant and Canfield. One guy thrown to the ground. #Ferguson

7:51 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

two men just walked past us walked into cops and were arrested for curfew violation. "just bc I'm black" #ferguson

Amy K. Nelson@AmyKNelson

two men just walked past us walked into cops and were arrested for curfew violation. "just bc I'm black" #ferguson

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Police handcuff a kid out past curfew. Four people taken in. On W Florissant #Ferguson

Amanda Terkel@aterkel

Police handcuff a kid out past curfew. Four people taken in. On W Florissant #Ferguson

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Tensions were high in Ferguson after reports of gunshots around 10:30 p.m. ET Sunday night. Police initially said several people were injured, but other reports said the sound came from fireworks.

#CNN Producer Steven Kastenbaum confirms/witnessed shots were fired at police. Says both police and media had to hit the deck.

Kyung Lah@KyungLahCNN

#CNN Producer Steven Kastenbaum confirms/witnessed shots were fired at police. Says both police and media had to hit the deck.

5:32 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#Ferguson per police radio shots fired at officers W Florissant & Chambers

David Carson@PDPJ

#Ferguson per police radio shots fired at officers W Florissant & Chambers

8:24 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Two separate bursts of gunfire outside Domino's Pizza on W Florissant

Jon Swaine@jonswaine

Two separate bursts of gunfire outside Domino's Pizza on W Florissant

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At least five people were taken to hospitals with injuries, one police officer said.

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Police now saying earlier reports of shots fired turn out to be fireworks. #staywoke

Christopher Hayes@chrislhayes

Police now saying earlier reports of shots fired turn out to be fireworks. #staywoke

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Michael Brown was shot at least six times, the New York Times reported Sunday night.

The findings come from a preliminary private autopsy performed at his family's request, the Times reported. Brown was struck twice in the head and four times in the arm, according to the report, and all the bullets appeared to hit the front of his body.

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Officers in riot gear met the growing crowd with tear gas and an advancing line of armored vehicles by 9:30 p.m. ET.

Biggest barrage of gas so far. Multiple flashbangs #Ferguson

Jon Swaine@jonswaine

Biggest barrage of gas so far. Multiple flashbangs #Ferguson

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The heavy police response hours before curfew caught many by surprise.

Unfortunately didn't bring t-shirt from car to protect from tear gas. Didn't think it would be fired so early #Ferguson

Ryan J. Reilly@ryanjreilly

Unfortunately didn't bring t-shirt from car to protect from tear gas. Didn't think it would be fired so early #Ferguson

7:33 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Guy from Nation of Islam urging people to "fall back.. This is the art of war"

Jon Swaine@jonswaine

Guy from Nation of Islam urging people to "fall back.. This is the art of war"

7:31 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police are taking man away, can't confirm why.. He's yelling. Things are happening fast #ferguson #mikebrown

Christina Coleman@ChristinaKSDK

Police are taking man away, can't confirm why.. He's yelling. Things are happening fast #ferguson #mikebrown

7:23 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The tear gas hit protesters, journalists, and at least one child.

From earlier, the eight-year-old hit with tear gas #Ferguson

Ryan J. Reilly@ryanjreilly

From earlier, the eight-year-old hit with tear gas #Ferguson

10:27 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Another volley of tear gas pushes protesters back again

Nigel Duara@nigelduara

Another volley of tear gas pushes protesters back again

7:26 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I got tear-gassed good. Cop grabs me, drags me to truck and hands me water. "You media??" "YES" "hahahahaha Welcome to Ferguson!"

Robert Klemko@RobertKlemko

I got tear-gassed good. Cop grabs me, drags me to truck and hands me water. "You media??" "YES" "hahahahaha Welcome to Ferguson!"

7:17 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Setting off more tear gas #Ferguson

Woman in wheelchair speeding away from gas #Ferguson

Jon Swaine@jonswaine

Woman in wheelchair speeding away from gas #Ferguson

7:46 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

According to police, the response came after protesters threw Molotov cocktails.

Molotov cocktails being thrown at police. Tactical units on scene. Please leave the area!

St. Louis County PD@stlcountypd

Molotov cocktails being thrown at police. Tactical units on scene. Please leave the area!

7:11 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A lot of claims that Molotov cocktails were thrown to start this. But some furious, claim they were at the front, nothing thrown. #Ferguson

Jon Swaine@jonswaine

A lot of claims that Molotov cocktails were thrown to start this. But some furious, claim they were at the front, nothing thrown. #Ferguson

7:40 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Protests continued Sunday night in Ferguson, and by 9 p.m. ET, police told crowds to disperse.

Another march on West Florissant, this one younger and less conciliatory. #ferguson #mikebrown

Joel D. Anderson@blackink12

Another march on West Florissant, this one younger and less conciliatory. #ferguson #mikebrown

9:56 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A curfew of midnight was in effect for the second night in a row, but measures to break up protesters were reported by 9 p.m.

Police firing smoke telling crowd must disperse. Crowd running back

Steph Lecci@stephlecci

Police firing smoke telling crowd must disperse. Crowd running back

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911 Hair Salon windows smashed. People trying to board up inside

Jon Swaine@jonswaine

911 Hair Salon windows smashed. People trying to board up inside

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On Sunday, protesters in Ferguson gathered at a church service rally in remembrance of Michael Brown.

Capt. Ron Johnson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III, family members of Michael Brown, and more spoke.

Capt. Johnson spoke around 4:15 p.m. ET, and received a standing ovation after he apologized to the family of Michael Brown — something he wanted to do "while wearing this uniform."

Capt. Ron Johnson: "I am you. I will protect you, I will protect your right to protest." #Ferguson

BuzzFeed News@BuzzFeedNews

Capt. Ron Johnson: "I am you. I will protect you, I will protect your right to protest." #Ferguson

4:17 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Missouri Captain Johnson says at #Ferguson #MikeBrown says, "My heart is heavy but I will be here as long as it takes."

Patrick deHahn@patrickdehahn

Missouri Captain Johnson says at #Ferguson #MikeBrown says, "My heart is heavy but I will be here as long as it takes."

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Rev. Al Sharpton also spoke. "This is a defining moment in our country," he said. "Ferguson and Michael Brown Jr. will be a defining moment in how this country deals with policing and the rights of the citizens in America."

The reverend called on people to stop looting. "We are not looters ... We are not burners; we're builders."

He also announced a class action lawsuit for protesters who were injured by police during demonstrations.

Al Sharpton announces class action lawsuit for victims of tear gas and other injuries during demonstrations #Ferguson

Lilly A. Fowler@LillyAFowler

Al Sharpton announces class action lawsuit for victims of tear gas and other injuries during demonstrations #Ferguson

5:38 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Amnesty International has called for an investigation into police tactics used during protests in Ferguson.

In a press release on Sunday, Amnesty International said that it sent a 13-person human rights delegation to Ferguson, comprised of "observers who monitored police and protester activity and sought meetings with officials." Additional members of the team trained activists in nonviolent protest methods.

"Our delegation traveled to Missouri to let the authorities in Ferguson know that the world is watching," said Steven W. Hawkins, the executive director of Amnesty International USA.

"We want a thorough investigation into Michael Brown's death and the series of events that followed ... This is a moment for people around the country — and around the world — to join the Ferguson community in raising concerns about race and policing, and about the impact of militarization on our fundamental right to peacefully assemble."

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The midnight Ferguson curfew will continue for an additional day, Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman Al Nothum told St. Louis Today.

Nothum confirmed that seven people, including two residents of Ferguson, were arrested on Sunday morning after failing to abide by the 12 a.m.–5 a.m. curfew.

Highway Patrol officials will provide additional details at a briefing on Sunday afternoon.

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Attorney General Eric Holder orders federal medical examiner to conduct additional autopsy on Brown.

Statement from Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon:

Due to the extraordinary circumstances involved in this case and at the request of the Brown family, Attorney General Holder has instructed Justice Department officials to arrange for an additional autopsy to be performed by a federal medical examiner. This independent examination will take place as soon as possible. Even after it is complete, Justice Department officials still plan to take the state-performed autopsy into account in the course of their investigation.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon praised the decision: "That is the kind of independent, external national review and investigation of this that I think will assist everyone in making sure we get to justice," Nixon said on CNN's "State of the Union."

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Gov. Jay Nixon said he "deeply" disagreed with decision to release of surveillance video.

Via nbcnews.com

Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said the Ferguson Police Department's decision to release the video that appears to show Michael Brown taking cigars from a convenience store "put the community, and quite frankly, the nation on alert again."

Nixon, during his appearances on four Sunday morning talk shows, also called upon St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch to "step up here and do his job."

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Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said there were seven arrests for failure to disperse.

Capt. Johnson reports 7 arrests, "a subject standing in the middle of the road with a handgun, we had a police car shot at tonight."

Matt Pearce@mattdpearce

Capt. Johnson reports 7 arrests, "a subject standing in the middle of the road with a handgun, we had a police car shot at tonight."

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Johnson also confirmed tear gas was used on Saturday.

The tear gas was deployed in an attempt to rescue the man who had been shot and critically injured (who was taken to the hospital in a car).

Matt Pearce@mattdpearce

The tear gas was deployed in an attempt to rescue the man who had been shot and critically injured (who was taken to the hospital in a car).

3:54 AM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

NBC News reports:

Johnson defended the move, saying authorities feared for officers' safety and that a police car was shot at. "Tonight's response was a proper one," he said, adding that he was "disappointed" that violence broke out on the city's streets.

Sky News reported that the man who was shot was hit by another protester.

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The police spokesman has now confirmed tear gas has been used.

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Photos from the scene show police watching as the gas filled the street, while protesters fled.

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This police spokesman is unclear on what kind of gas was used – multiple reporters are now saying it was tear gas.

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Tonight in #Ferguson after police fired CS gas

Ben Kesling@bkesling

Tonight in #Ferguson after police fired CS gas

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Missouri Highway Patrol confirms officers DID fire tear gas tonight. #Ferguson @ABC

Marci Gonzalez@TVMarci

Missouri Highway Patrol confirms officers DID fire tear gas tonight. #Ferguson @ABC

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Pearl Gabel of the New York Daily News says she was arrested briefly.

St Louis pd just arrested me, handcuffed me, then let me go right on front of Quik Trip. Gun in my face "get on the ground" Fergurson

Pearl Gabel@PearlGabel

St Louis pd just arrested me, handcuffed me, then let me go right on front of Quik Trip. Gun in my face "get on the ground" Fergurson

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Time magazine's Alex Altman and Ben Kesling from the Wall Street Journal have posted pictures which appear to show that the agent used by police was not smoke but CS gas.

This is one of the canisters being fired. #Ferguson

Alex Altman@aaltman82

This is one of the canisters being fired. #Ferguson

7:31 AM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Confirmed that CS was fired. I found this on site

Ben Kesling@bkesling

Confirmed that CS was fired. I found this on site

7:39 AM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The protesters have dispersed due to contents of the cannisters.

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About 20 minutes after the curfew went into effect Sunday morning in Ferguson, with rain pouring down, a large group of protesters remained on the scene.

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Reporters on the ground, including Vice's Tim Pool, said police moved toward the group, then began pulling back.

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#Ferguson protestors defying curfew: "No justice, no curfew. We want, we want justice!"

Steph Lecci@stephlecci

#Ferguson protestors defying curfew: "No justice, no curfew. We want, we want justice!"

10:05 PM - 16 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#ferguson defies curfew amid thunderstorm + lightning. 'Fuck tha police.' Cops watch from distance.

Rory Carroll@rorycarroll72

#ferguson defies curfew amid thunderstorm + lightning. 'Fuck tha police.' Cops watch from distance.

10:28 PM - 16 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Jamila Nasheed is begging people to go home. #mikebrown #ferguson

Joel D. Anderson@blackink12

Jamila Nasheed is begging people to go home. #mikebrown #ferguson

12:48 AM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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As the 12 a.m. CT curfew went into effect, media were corralled into a small zone at one end of the area protesters had been using.

The media zone is in blue. The area in red is about one mile long and has been the center of most activity.

Byron Tau@ByronTau

The media zone is in blue. The area in red is about one mile long and has been the center of most activity.

9:43 PM - 16 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Here's what the First Amendment pen looks like.

Matt Pearce@mattdpearce

Here's what the First Amendment pen looks like.

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At the same time, others at the scene tweeted that the crowds were thinning out.

There are a few pockets of protesters along W Florissant, but on the whole, the crowd does seem to be thinning out a bit. #ferguson

Joel D. Anderson@blackink12

There are a few pockets of protesters along W Florissant, but on the whole, the crowd does seem to be thinning out a bit. #ferguson

12:17 AM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Very thin numbers as the curfew nears. Community leaders have been talking to the young guys. Many have already left #Ferguson.

Antonio French@AntonioFrench

Very thin numbers as the curfew nears. Community leaders have been talking to the young guys. Many have already left #Ferguson.

12:29 AM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The streets of #Ferguson have largely emptied 10 minutes ahead of curfew, but there are a few stragglers.

Ryan J. Reilly@ryanjreilly

The streets of #Ferguson have largely emptied 10 minutes ahead of curfew, but there are a few stragglers.

9:50 PM - 16 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Protests leading up to the curfew Saturday remained peaceful, even as the police presence increased.

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"The world is watching you tonight. We're gonna go home and go to church in the morning."#Ferguson

Joel D. Anderson@blackink12

"The world is watching you tonight. We're gonna go home and go to church in the morning."#Ferguson

7:57 PM - 16 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A bus load of officers in riot gear just got off a bus at the corner of W Florissant and Ferguson Ave. #Ferguson

Joel D. Anderson@blackink12

A bus load of officers in riot gear just got off a bus at the corner of W Florissant and Ferguson Ave. #Ferguson

7:41 PM - 16 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Scenes from #Ferguson. Right now it's just a rainy waiting game.

Joel D. Anderson@blackink12

Scenes from #Ferguson. Right now it's just a rainy waiting game.

11:35 PM - 16 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The New York Times released a video Saturday with interviews and footage from the protests.

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BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner reported Saturday that the Ferguson Police Department released a video of a robbery in which Michael Brown participated over the objections of the Justice Department.

More on federal authorities' opposition to the release of the robbery video in #Ferguson, first reported by CNN:

Chris Geidner@chrisgeidner

More on federal authorities' opposition to the release of the robbery video in #Ferguson, first reported by CNN:

6:39 PM - 16 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Protests remained peaceful early Saturday evening, but the Ferguson Walmart nevertheless prepared for looting by building makeshift barricades out of shopping carts and merchandise.

Walmart in #Ferguson preparing for possible looting Saturday night

Alex Wroblewski@alexwroblewski

Walmart in #Ferguson preparing for possible looting Saturday night

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These pictures were also part of Alex Wroblewski's tweet.

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In addition to a protest in the evening (scroll down for more on that), the FBI was out Saturday in Ferguson. Mourners grieving Michael Brown's death also held a vigil.

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Early Saturday evening protesters were out marching in the streets. Antonio French also tweeted that community members would be out enforcing the curfew.

Leaders from the community will be out to clear the streets by midnight. Anyone here after that WILL NOT have the support of the community.

Antonio French@AntonioFrench

Leaders from the community will be out to clear the streets by midnight. Anyone here after that WILL NOT have the support of the community.

3:01 PM - 16 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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#Ferguson crowd from QT marches towards Chambers

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#Ferguson crowd from QT marches towards Chambers

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Gov. Nixon declared a state of emergency in Ferguson, Mo., on Saturday and set a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m. ET.

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and curfew following unrest and looting in Ferguson, Mo., on Friday.

"This is a test. The eyes of the world are watching" - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

Joel D. Anderson@blackink12

"This is a test. The eyes of the world are watching" - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

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During a rowdy press conference on Saturday, Gov. Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri and set a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m.

"We won't enforce it with trucks, we won't enforce it with tear gas, we will enforce it with communication," according to Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol. He said law enforcement officials will be telling people "It's time to go home."

Nixon and Johnson did not say how long the curfew would remain in place.

The press conference erupted into an angry questioning of Nixon and Johnson, with many questioning the imposition of a curfew and demanding to know why Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown had yet to be arrested or indicted. Nixon and Johnson appeared shaken as they attempted to field the questions.

"We can't have looting and crimes at night," Nixon said. "We can't have people fearful."

FBI agents are on the ground working on the investigation, said Nixon.

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On Saturday, CNN reported that the Ferguson police department released the video showing Michael Brown allegedly robbing a store despite objections from the Department of Justice.

On Thursday, Ferguson police wanted to release the video, but waited after the U.S. Justice Department asked them not to, suggesting that it could lead to greater tensions in the Ferguson community, a source told CNN.

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A map of stores that were looted early Saturday morning in Ferguson. Click on the red icons to see links to journalists' tweets and videos of the looting.

Also, drag the map to see icons that may fall outside of the frame.

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Protesters in Ferguson stepped in and managed to stop looters, who hit between four and five stores Friday night.

The looting began about midnight, after police fired tear gas then faced off with about 200 protesters, the Associated Press reported. Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson — who took over security in the area on Thursday — told the AP police fired the gas after members of the crowd threw rocks and other things at officers. The conflict left one police officer injured.

However, despite firing the gas and ordering people to clear the street, police did not move into the crowd, nor did they make any arrests. Instead, protesters themselves eventually stepped in and formed lines in front of the stores, barring looters from entering.

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Young people are trying to guard the Sam's Meat Market but move away, worried that armed looters might be returning with guns.

Matt Pearce@mattdpearce

Young people are trying to guard the Sam's Meat Market but move away, worried that armed looters might be returning with guns.

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Looting in #Ferguson early Saturday morning

4-5 business had door glass broken by looters. Protestors quickly blocked the entrance.

Antonio French@AntonioFrench

4-5 business had door glass broken by looters. Protestors quickly blocked the entrance.

12:20 AM - 16 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

As the chaos subsided early Saturday morning, images captured by witnesses showed the destruction.

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Others at the scene tweeted about looters striking additional stores.

And another store on W Florissant is going down: Sam's Meat Market & More. It was cleaned out on Monday too. #Ferguson

Joel D. Anderson@blackink12

And another store on W Florissant is going down: Sam's Meat Market & More. It was cleaned out on Monday too. #Ferguson

11:43 PM - 15 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Men are running into Ferguson Market and Liquor

Things have taken a disappointing turn. #Ferguson

Antonio French@AntonioFrench

Things have taken a disappointing turn. #Ferguson

11:30 PM - 15 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

In a live video stream, Pool said some protesters tried to stop the looters, but couldn't stop "dozens" of people. Others at the scene tweeted pictures of the damage looters caused.

The cellular phone store looters took over #ferguson

Shimon Prokupecz@ShimonPro

The cellular phone store looters took over #ferguson

11:40 PM - 15 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The relative calm that began Thursday was shattered briefly Friday night when police donned riot gear and fired tear gas. Some reports from social media indicated police were responding to someone who threw a bottle.

All of a sudden, tempers flared again when a large group of protestors confronted officers in front of a liquor store

Joel D. Anderson@blackink12

All of a sudden, tempers flared again when a large group of protestors confronted officers in front of a liquor store

9:46 PM - 15 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

vine.co

shot while running from the tear gas and flash bombs #ferguson

Amy K. Nelson@AmyKNelson

shot while running from the tear gas and flash bombs #ferguson

10:26 PM - 15 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

vine.co

#ferguson police smoke bomb canister that blew up in front of Ferg mkt

paul hampel@phampel

#ferguson police smoke bomb canister that blew up in front of Ferg mkt

12:22 AM - 16 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police briefly left the scene after firing the gas.

Riot police teargassed crowd and ghosted out. #Ferguson

weston@west_on

Riot police teargassed crowd and ghosted out. #Ferguson

10:21 PM - 15 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Peace restored. Police under Captain Johnson showed restraint. So did protestors. #Ferguson

Antonio French@AntonioFrench

Peace restored. Police under Captain Johnson showed restraint. So did protestors. #Ferguson

10:22 PM - 15 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#Ferguson No sooner did bombs go off than cops pulled out. May have been smoke rather than tear gas bombs

paul hampel@phampel

#Ferguson No sooner did bombs go off than cops pulled out. May have been smoke rather than tear gas bombs

10:19 PM - 15 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But soon returned with riot gear and armored trucks.

It will be a miracle if this night ends without a serious injury or death. Hearing ambulance sirens now. #Ferguson

Joel D. Anderson@blackink12

It will be a miracle if this night ends without a serious injury or death. Hearing ambulance sirens now. #Ferguson

11:07 PM - 15 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police in riot gear with armored vehicle approaching corner #ferguson

Conetta@BmoreConetta

Police in riot gear with armored vehicle approaching corner #ferguson

10:45 PM - 15 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite