August 17, 2014

After watching a few minutes of this live stream it's apparent that there is a full-scale turf war underway in Ferguson between Captain Ron Johnson, the community, the Ferguson Police Department and the Saint Louis County Police.

Three hours ahead of curfew, Saint Louis County Police tweeted that "a molotov cocktail was thrown" and ordered everyone to go home. Then tear gas started flying along with sound cannons and other assorted weapons. All from the police toward the protesters.

As of right now, I'm unable to find any evidence that any molotov cocktails were thrown beyond the tweet. And even if they were, is this the appropriate response?

Update 1: 8:03 PM PDT: Reports of shots fired.

Update 2:: Captain Johnson arrested several journalists briefly before letting them go. It's still unclear why, but here's one tweet that might explain it.

Update 3: Sigh.

And sighing again:

Update 4: Gunshots were firecrackers:

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