Ferguson Police Use Smoke Bombs, Tear Gas While Clashing With Protesters
Police in Ferguson, MO continue to clash with protesters, but this time with tear gas and smoke bombs.
Two reporters said they were detained tonight while working at a McDonald’s in the area and witnesses told ABC News police that officers appeared to be trying to clear the streets at all costs.
The police department has been criticized for its heavily-armed response to protesters, some of whom looted and vandalized stores on Sunday night.
Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson today defended his department’s use of rubber bullets and tear gas to quell protesters.
“There are complaints about the response from some people, but to me, nobody got hurt seriously, and I’m happy about that. I’m happy that nobody got hurt,” Jackson said at a press conference today. Earlier he told ABC News the police had only used tear gas and rubber bullets when protests had turned violent on recent nights.