Violence returns to the streets of Ferguson

  • A police tactical team prepares to enter a home in the 100 block of Dade Ave. in Ferguson, Mo., on March 12, 2015.
  • Law enforcement officials prepare to search for evidence in a neighborhood near where gunshots were believed to have been fired that wounded two police officers during a protest last night outside the police station on March 12, 2015 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Police personnel conduct an investigation in the Ferguson, Mo., neighborhood near the area of the overnight shooting of two police officers at the Ferguson Police Department on March 12, 2015.
  • Police mobilize in the parking lot of the Ferguson Police Station after two police officers were shot while standing guard in front of the Ferguson Police Station on March 12, 2015. 
  • Police block off an area on South Florissant Road outside the Ferguson Police Department on March12, 2015 in Ferguson, Mo. Two police officers were shot and wounded in front of the Ferguson Police department overnight as protestors gathered after the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson. Both officers were taken to hospital with serious injuries but were reported to be concious.
  • Paramedics load one of two police officers who were shot while standing guard in front of the Ferguson Police Station during a rally on March 12, 2015. A 32-year-old officer from nearby Webster Groves was shot in the face and a 41-year-old officer from St. Louis County was shot in the shoulder, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a news conference. Both were taken to a hospital, where Belmar said they were conscious.
  • Police gather outside the Ferguson Police Department Thursday, March 12, 2015, after two police officers were shot according to witnesses in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Police officers respond to a fellow officer hit by gunfire outside the Ferguson Police Headquarters in Ferguson, Mo., March 12, 2014.
  • Police investigate the scene where two police officers were shot outside the Ferguson Police Department, March 12, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Police shine a light on a helmet as they investigate the scene where two police officers were shot outside the Ferguson Police Department, March 12, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Police mobilize in the parking lot of the Ferguson Police Station after two police officers were shot while standing guard in front of the Ferguson Police Station on March 12, 2015.
  • People take part in a candlelight vigil March 12, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Two police officers were shot early Thursday morning in front of the Ferguson Police Department during a protest following the resignation of the city’s police chief in the wake of a U.S. Justice Department report.

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The events happening in Ferguson, Missouri, have shocked the nation — beginning with the August 9, 2014 shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown by the now-former local officer Darren Wilson, to the resulting protests and the heavy-handed response by law enforcement officials. 

On March 12 of this year, violence returned to the streets of Ferguson when two police officers were shot just after midnight during a rally, only just a few hours after embattled Police Chief Thomas Jackson’s resignation. One officer, described by authorities as a a 41-year-old man and 14-year veteran of law enforcement from the St. Louis County Police Department, was shot in the shoulder. The second officer, a 32-year-old and 7-year veteran from Webster Groves, was shot in the face.

Both officers have sustained non-life threatening injuries, but ”are in serious condition.”

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