Police and protesters clash in Ferguson

  • People raise their hands in the middle of the street as police wearing riot gear try to get them to disperse on Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Police officers keep watch from an armored vehicle as they patrol a street in Ferguson, Mo. on August 11, 2014
  • A child uses a rag to shield her face from tear gas being fired by police who used it to force protestors from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on Aug. 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Police refuse to let people leave a neighborhood on Aug. 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Police responded with tear gas as residents and their supporters protested the shooting by police of an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown who was killed Saturday in this suburban St. Louis community. 
  • People look out the windows of a house as police wearing riot gear try to disperse a crowd on Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. 
  • Police force protesters from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on August 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Police officers arrest a man who refused to leave when police in riot gear cleared the area of S. Florissant Road and Church Street in downtown Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 11, 2014.
  • Protesters are forced by police from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on Aug. 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Edward Crawford returns a tear gas canister fired by police who were trying to disperse protesters in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 13, 2014. 
  • A man watches as police walk through a cloud of smoke during a clash with protesters Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. 
  • A protester takes shelter from tear gas in Ferguson on the fourth night of unrest after the fatal police shooting of teen Michael Brown, on Aug. 13, in Ferguson, Mo.
  • People run through smoke, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.  
  • Police advance through smoke, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.  
  • Demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 12, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • People protest as tear gas canisters detonate around them on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Protesters try unsuccessfully to light a Molotov cocktail, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown, on Aug. 13, 2014.
  • Demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 12, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
  • A member of the St. Louis County Police Department points his weapon in the direction of a group of protesters in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.
  • A community activist tries to persuade a group of protesters to move back as police in riot gear watch protesters in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.
  • Protesters sit in the middle of a street holding hands as Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal at left, wears a button remembering Michael Brown, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. 
  • Rev. F. Willis Johnson (left) of the Wellspring Church in Ferguson, Mo. helps to calm a young demonstrator who was protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown, on Aug. 13, 2014.
  • Protester Janelle Pittman holds her 6-year-old daughter, Kat, as police in riot gear stand guard in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. 
  • Demonstrator Keisha Gray cries while protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 13, 2014. 

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FERGUSON, Missouri – A peaceful demonstration over the killing of an unarmed black teenager turned violent Wednesday as police in paramilitary fatigues and riot gear tear-gassed dozens of protesters, fired stun grenades into a crowd and arrested reporters in a third night of chaos in the aftermath of the police shooting of Michael Brown.

Young black men and women protesters, with their hands held high in the air,  had refused to heed police orders to disperse as the sun set on this St. Louis suburb of 20,000. While there had been some taunts from the crowd, no one appeared armed and there was no evident threat to police. But as darkness descended, forces moved in, announcing on a bullhorn that the gathering was no longer peaceful and began firing tear gas and stun grenades, choking protesters lined along a main thoroughfare in Ferguson.

Many protesters raced away, gasping for air, screaming, tearing up or vomiting as the gas produced a burning sensation in their eyes and on their skin. Heavy smoke filled the air for hours, illuminated in the darkness by flashes of light produced each time that a stun gun or noise grenade was fired. 

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