August 17, 2014 7:48 am -

Missouri police fired smoke canisters on protesters who stayed out past midnight in Ferguson.



About 150 protesters gathered a day after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and implemented a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew.

Despite a quiet first few minutes early Sunday morning, a handful of people — a noticeably younger group than what has been the norm in Ferguson — marched towards police.

Many of them were out to express their disagreement with the curfew by marching and raising their hands in the air — an action that’s become symbolic of these protests, echoing what some witnesses say Michael Brown was doing before he was killed…

“It’s an intimidation thing. And you’re basically suppressing people who still have questions that need answers,” said Carissa McGraw, who has joined protests throughout the week. “You have people who — at this point — do not care what authorities say right now.”[su_sky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

19 responses to Police Fire Smoke Canisters On Those Defying Curfew

  1. Anomaly 100 August 17th, 2014 at 8:08 am

    I’ve been watching the livefeed most of the night. When the confrontation happened, it was frightening. Not the protesters — the cops. Just hearing “This is your last warning to disperse….” shook me up. It was something straight out of a movie.

    • Suzanne McFly August 17th, 2014 at 8:58 am

      It is terrible. The highway cops made great headway, they were treating the protestors with respect, then all the sudden a curfew was imposed. They ruined any gains they made the day before. I wish we had a leader like MLK today, we need a great person to guide us and unite us before we destroy each other.

      • Anomaly 100 August 17th, 2014 at 9:13 am

        Johnson needs to confront Jackson about his tactics. He was making headway, then Jackson gave that ridiculous press conference which sparked anger in the community because he just had to blame the teenager his officer killed.

        • Suzanne McFly August 17th, 2014 at 9:26 am

          For some reason, Johnson seemed to support this curfew idea. Maybe he knew it was doomed to fail and he figured he would let these political numb-nuts have their way and when it failed, they would listen to him again.

          • Anomaly 100 August 17th, 2014 at 9:36 am

            I noticed that, too. But what’s he supposed to do? OTOH, maybe he’s just doing what he’s told to do and some of what he did before was simply theater.

          • mea_mark August 17th, 2014 at 10:39 am

            It could be that it’s just too big a mess for anyone to handle and he is now to tired to make good decisions and other people are constantly intervening. Clusterfu(k!

          • Anomaly 100 August 17th, 2014 at 10:43 am

            Could be. I’d almost prefer that scenario because Johnson appeared to be a good man.

  2. KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker August 17th, 2014 at 8:09 am

    To serve and protect…my ass!
    This is exactly why the first amendment was written. Most people think the 1st amendment protects their right to say anything…but it was written to stop the government from suppressing, inhibiting and stifling free speech. That’s a big difference and these jackasses are breaking it big time.

    • Anomaly 100 August 17th, 2014 at 8:12 am

      You can see it unfold here. It’s unnerving:

      • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker August 17th, 2014 at 8:21 am

        Thanks for the link. It’s also heartbreaking to see no effort being made to address the many concerns of these citizens.

        • Anomaly 100 August 17th, 2014 at 8:27 am

          The police murder a teenager, then essentially tell the black community to sit in the back of the bus by giving them a curfew. The police are so militarized. Ferguson is out of control because of that.

          • Carla Akins August 17th, 2014 at 8:40 am

            It’s not the individual officer’s at this point. It’s the city and the police chief. I cannot assert strongly enough how this is Jackson’s fault. From the start to finish – and his bullshit news conference on Friday just ramped up the volume. If that wasn’t bad enough, Nixon jumps on the bandwagon – sheesh.

          • Anomaly 100 August 17th, 2014 at 8:45 am

            I totally agree. He needs to go asap. I tried to log off last night and get some rest but I had to turn my Hello Kitty computer back on to see what was going on in Ferguson. This is a defining moment. The peaceful protesters are speaking truth to power.

            I shall call my obsession: #Fergusoning.

          • Carla Akins August 17th, 2014 at 8:50 am

            Yesterday, I replied to one of the readers; Jake. He kept posting TAX THE CHURCHES on each post. He told me it was his BENGHAZI. That’s how I feel about Ferguson, kind of like HB2 a year ago.

  3. Anomaly 100 August 17th, 2014 at 8:21 am

    It looks like a war-zone in Ferguson. Reporters have to remain in a designated area or face arrest themselves because they can’t break curfew.

  4. KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker August 17th, 2014 at 8:42 am

    In the big picture, I think there’s really more going on here.

  5. NW10 August 17th, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Sums it up.

  6. NW10 August 17th, 2014 at 8:57 am

    this says it all.

  7. NW10 August 17th, 2014 at 9:06 am

    From TPM:

    Things got worse when a man with a handgun went into the street as police were nearing the restaurant. He ran away, but there was plenty of violence. </em

    And where was the tear gas when armed civilians were aiming guns at BLM personnel on Bundy's ranch?