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Police fire smoke canisters on protesters in Ferguson

CNN.com early this morning reporting, “Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) — As the rain dropped and smoke fell, the fists shot up.  Police fired smoke canisters on protesters defying a curfew issued in order to prevent mayhem in Ferguson, Missouri, where the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager sparked a week of protests and sporadic looting.

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.

“If we’re going to achieve justice, we first must have and maintain peace.  I’m committed to making sure the forces of peace and justice prevail,” Nixon said at a community meeting. “If we’re going to achieve justice, we first must have and maintain peace.”  But the meeting at a local church at times was tumultuous.  People repeatedly interrupted Nixon, shouting, “You need to charge the police with murder!” and “We want justice!”

 

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