More clashes rock Ferguson

  • Demonstrators stand in the middle of West Florissant as they react to tear gas fired by police during ongoing protests in reaction to the shooting of teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 18, 2014. 
  • Frederick Scott protests the killing of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Despite the Brown family’s continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his death. 
  • Captain Ron Johnson (R) of the Missouri Highway Patrol addresses members of the media as another evening of demonstrations continues in protest of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 18, 2014. The governor of Missouri lifted a curfew in a St Louis suburb that has seen a week of racial unrest, after he ordered National Guard soldiers to deploy to help restore order. Nixon ordered the deployment of the National Guard early Monday after violence flared during the second night of a curfew in Ferguson.
  • Protesters involved with a more vocal and confrontational group of demonstrators stand off against police officers during further protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown, near Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014.
  • A demonstrator reacts during a protest on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 18, 2014. 
  • A protestor is detained on Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by police has touched off rancorous protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. 
  • Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown make their voices heard on Aug. 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • A protester kneels down in front of the police line while protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 18, 2014
  • Police officers stand along a street as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Aug. 18. 2014.
  • A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown wears a gas mask on Aug. 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • A police officer raises his weapon at a car speeding in his general direction as a more vocal and confrontational group of demonstrators stands on the sidewalk during further protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown near Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 18, 2014.
  • Police officers work to keep order as demonstrators protest on Aug. 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
  • A man stands in the street during a protest Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown’s shooting has sparked more than a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb.
  • Police attempt to control demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Demonstrators cover their faces as police fire tear gas against an unruly crowd protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown on Aug. 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Police officers arrest a demonstrator on Aug. 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Police attempt to control demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Police attempt to control demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Demonstrators march during a protest on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 18, 2014.
  • Demonstrators hold hands as they listen to speakers during a peaceful march in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown near Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014. 

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FERGUSON, Missouri – The grief-stricken community of Ferguson was once again wracked by violence and chaos overnight Monday.

Police fired tear gas at protesters amid the sound of explosions, shots rang out and armored police trucks sped down Florissant Avenue. At least two people, both males, were shot “in the dark of night,” Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said at a press conference. Two guns and a Molotov cocktail were confiscated. There were two fires, one at a local business and another at an unoccupied residence, Johnson said. Police were hit with bottles and rocks. Seventy-eight people were arrested overnight.

Johnson said police did not fire any bullets at protesters, whom he encouraged to turn out for demonstrations during the day.

“There is a dangerous dynamic in the night,” Johnson said, noting that the criminal activity overnight “came from a tiny minority of law-breakers.”

Just before midnight, police cracked down on some of the last remaining protesters. The driver of a pickup truck offered to give rides home to some protesters who looked to be teenagers. Riot police stopped them and told them to put their hands in the air. What appeared to be a glass bottle with a cloth coming out of it could be seen in the back of the truck. The driver and the protesters were all detained. 

Minutes later, police told reporters to leave the designated media staging area, saying their lives were in danger and that shots may have been fired. Two journalists were reportedly taken into police custody overnight, and rocks were thrown at msnbc hosts Chris Hayes and Craig Melvin while they reported on air. Earlier, a Getty photographer was detained and later released.

Earlier in the evening Monday, the mood was calm. Religious leaders sang spirituals, the elderly found ways to keep moving and protesters traded days of unrest for celebrity sightings including hip-hop artist Nelly who joined this community ravaged by violence and grief for a few hours of relative calm Monday under the watchful gaze of the National Guard.

Monday was the first night since Friday without a police imposed curfew, and Ferguson residents braved the 90-degree heat to call for justice in the killing of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old teenager who was unarmed when a police officer shot him at least six times on Aug. 9. The officer has not been arrested.

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