Ferguson shooting: Protests spread across US

Protestors carry an upside down American flag as they storm the Walmart in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. A grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American man. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A dozen US cities have seen new protests over the decision not to charge a white policeman who shot a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri

(SOURCE)  Demonstrations from New York to Seattle were mostly peaceful but rioting broke out in Oakland, California.

There was some unrest in Ferguson itself, with police making 44 arrests, but the town did not see rioting on the scale of Monday night.

The officer who killed Michael Brown there says he has a “clean conscience”.

Darren Wilson, who shot the 18-year-old on 9 August, told ABC News that in the struggle which preceded the shooting, he had felt “like a five-year-old holding on to [US wrestler] Hulk Hogan”.

Many in Ferguson’s predominantly African-American community had called for the officer to be charged with murder, but the grand jury’s decision means the police officer will not face state criminal charges over the shooting.

Lawyers for Mr Brown’s family denounced the grand jury’s decision as “unfair” while condemning the violence that followed the decision.

A policeman confronts a protester in Oakland, California, 25 November

Oakland in the San Francisco Bay area saw some of the worst unrest on Tuesday night

A man leaves a looted mobile phone shop in Oakland, 25 November

A T-Mobile store was among businesses attacked by rioters in Oakland

Fire on a street in Oakland, 25 November

At one point a fire set by protesters burnt across four lanes of Oakland’s Telegraph Avenue

Protesters in Seattle block a road, 25 November

Protesters in Seattle blocked traffic

A cyclist blocks a road in Los Angeles, 25 November

Here a cyclist blocks a road in Los Angeles

Police cars attacked

St Louis County police chief Jon Belmar said Tuesday had been “generally a much better night” in Ferguson, a town of 21,000 people.

Tear gas was fired just once, he said, when rioters smashed windows at the Ferguson town hall. There was only one report of shooting, he added, when a car was set alight.

Some 2,200 National Guard soldiers were deployed to assist police in keeping order in and around the town.

Protests were reported in 12 cities: St Louis itself as well as Seattle, Albuquerque, New York, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Oakland, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Portland, Chicago and Boston.

In Oakland, in the San Francisco Bay area, rioters vandalised police cars and attacked businesses in the centre during a second night of unrest in the port city of 406,000 people.

On Monday night, 43 arrests were made in Oakland as police struggled to control a crowd of some 2,000 people.

Long-standing grievances about Oakland’s police department are believed in part to be fuelling the protests there.

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At the scene: Joanna Jolly, BBC News, Ferguson

Protester in front of police vehicles in Ferguson, 25 November 2014

There’s been confrontation outside Ferguson town hall where a police vehicle was burnt earlier and tear gas still hangs in the air. There’s a heavy police presence with several armoured cars and vehicles.

There is tension as police try to move people from the area – officers are saying anyone standing in the street will be subject to arrest. Some are giving chase to people in the surrounding streets and tonight they have dogs with them. A police helicopter is hovering overhead with a spotlight.

Further along, police and the National Guard face off with an angry crowd in front of the Police Department. There are fewer protesters, but a larger media presence. The crowd is jittery and there is a sense there could be further clashes.

 

 

4 thoughts on “Ferguson shooting: Protests spread across US

  1. Anyone I tell this to will probably think I’m crazy but I saw the Michael Brown shooting 5 days before it happened. On Aug. 3rd, 2014, my husband and I went to the hospital at around 6am for the delivery of our baby. As I was waiting to get checked in, I saw a story on the news about a state who had poisonous water and was not allowing residence to use their tap water. Shortly after I was checked in. I gave birth to my daughter that afternoon. I was transferred to another room to recover. the following day in that room I was watching CNN. The reporter was talking about a young black unarmed man who was shot by white cop. A young girl said that she saw the boy getting shot from her balcony. she describes how he put his hands in the air after turning around saying don’t shoot. She said the cops shot him anyway. Afterward his mother got on the news, she had blonde hair with black roots coming out, she was crying. she said my baby he hasn’t done anything to anybody he was a good boy. They spoke about him going to college within the next few weeks. They showed a picture of this boy who resembled my older brother to me. He was sitting down with his face turned to the right taking the picture. I didn’t think much of it because black men are always getting shot. I returned home from the hospital. Days later my husband went back to work and then came home to tell me that a young black man had been shot in Ferguson Missouri. I said I know I saw it at the hospital. We don’t have a television so I definitely wouldn’t have seen it at home. He said, you must have been thinking about someone else because he was just shot today. He showed me the boy on the Internet. I said, no that’s the boy that I saw in the hospital they were talking about him being shot. I’m posting this now because I had no idea of the magnitude of the story until today. As riots loom I don’t understand why God allowed me to see this 5 days before it happened. Furthermore, I live in Florida. This local story shouldn’t have aired on CNN right away. This has never happened to me before. This event is very important. I don’t know what will happen but I do know that things will change. Whether for good or bad, God is allowing things to shift. Only time will tell what happens next.

  2. I believe you A. McCants. Your story was a little confusing, but it sounds like you had a vision? I’m not sure what meaning the part about the polluted water had?

    God is giving many dreams and visions in these times. Allowing many to see what is coming. I have had them myself.

    This event in Missouri is the beginning of many sorrows. America will never be the same. We must always remember, that whatever happens, God is in control.

    God Bless A. !

  3. I believe you gordon king ive had some myself, it’s time to repent, GLORY TO THE HIGHEST MAY HIS WILL BE DONE!

  4. Thanks for your comment Oscar. The Lord is speaking to us, telling us what’s coming, giving us dreams and visions. Most of the world is not listening!
    God Bless Oscar!

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