Sunday, 23 November 2014

Instagraming Ferguson: Protesters Take On Local Police Department




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With emotions running high in Ferguson and restlessness growing in the wait for a grand jury decision, several dozen protesters took to the streets on a rainy Saturday night in front of the town’s police department.

Blocking the street, chanting and singing songs, protesters donned masks and carried upside-down American flags. Eventually, police officers in uniform and in riot gear carrying batons and shields arrived on the scene.

Initially police gave the protesters the latitude to conduct their demonstration. However, when they began blocking the street, officers brought out the riot gear to restore order. At one point, protesters forced a police vehicle to back up and retreat as they advanced and chanted. Cops warned the demonstrators to clear the streets and let traffic through, or otherwise face arrest.

Ultimately, two protesters were arrested.

WALKERTCA

Thanksgiving stand-off in #FergusonPosted: 23 November 2014

THEREAL_DC

Day 1. #StLouisPosted: 23 November 2014

11/23/14 05:04 UTC@PHAMPEL

Several dozen protesters confronting small squad of stonefaced cops here. #Ferguson

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JONLOWENSTEIN

Ferguson - Missouri A brief respite from an increasingly tense night. It's getting a bit tense and police and protestors stand off at the Ferguson Police Department. @noorimages #ferguson #dissent #justiceformikebrown #handsupdontshoot#dissent #mikebrown #love #blackamerica @everydayusa @noorimagesPosted: 23 November 2014

11/23/14 05:14 UTC@MZZZMARIAH

Police are handling the crowd very different than previous nights,allowing protesters to take to streets for limited time #Ferguson

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WWESTZ

Protestors march down Canfield Drive in #Ferguson on Saturday.Posted: 23 November 2014

CARLOSJAVIERORTIZ

Ferguson police hold it down #Ferguson #carlosjavierortizPosted: 23 November 2014

KATYYYOWENS

#ferguson #civildisobedience #freedom #justice #denverfreedomridePosted: 23 November 2014

11/23/14 01:49 UTC@PHAMPEL

#Ferguson protesters blocking W. Florissant at Ferguson Ave. http://t.co/DUHr9E8ikE

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NEEMUSIC

Posted: 23 November 2014

11/23/14 04:52 UTC@PHAMPEL

Meanwhile, protesters are now blocking S. Florissant Rd. in front of the #Ferguson police station.

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YARO_RT

Posted: 23 November 2014

11/23/14 05:16 UTC@PHAMPEL

STL County cop just met with protesters, warned them they faced arrest if they continue to block street. Protesters unmoved. #Ferguson

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TREYYINGST

Right now in #Ferguson.Posted: 23 November 2014

11/23/14 05:45 UTC@PHAMPEL

Police just arrested a protester who did not comply with order to move to the other side of the street. Id'd as Trey Yingst of Wash DC.

SOURCE: VOCATIVE