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Chaos has dominated the streets of Ferguson since Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, an officer with the Ferguson Police Department. Days of protests have been followed by nights of tense confrontations between residents and a heavily-armed police force. Go here for the latest updates.

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Police in Ferguson arrest, threaten journalists

Since chaos erupted in the streets of Ferguson, Mo., more than a week ago, journalists from all over the world have flocked to the scene. They have also, increasingly, become the target of police arrests.

Overnight, several journalists reported being detained, threatened or prevented from covering the story.

Abby Phillip has more here.

Mark Berman
August 18, 12:55 pm
  • Mark Berman August 18, 12:55 pm

First details from autopsies emerge

Since Michael Brown was shot and killed on Aug. 9, several key questions have not been answered. In Ferguson and beyond, many have asked for information about how he was killed — how many gunshot wounds, where on his body Brown was shot — even as these details were not known.

On Monday, the first details coming from autopsies have been coming out.

Attorneys for Brown’s family revealed information from an autopsy that the family requested, which they said showed that Brown was trying to surrender when he was killed. This medical examiner also revealed additional details about where Brown was struck; head here for more.

Meanwhile, the county investigation has found that Brown was hit in the front, between six and eight times. Head here for more on what that autopsy found.

Mark Berman
August 18, 12:59 pm
  • Mark Berman August 18, 12:59 pm

The latest on the ground in Ferguson

The National Guard is being deployed to Ferguson following yet another night of tense, violent standoffs between residents and a heavily-armed police force. Here is our latest dispatch from what is happening on the ground.

Mark Berman
August 18, 1:01 pm
  • Mark Berman August 18, 1:01 pm

'Hard to breathe!': Sunday on the streets

A woman receives relief after tear gas was fired at demonstrators in Ferguson on Sunday night. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Yet again, crowds gathered in the streets of Ferguson on Sunday night. Yet again, there was chaos.

From The Post this morning:

Police said protesters fired at least 30 gunshots and threw Molotov cocktails at officers. Police blocked off Ferguson’s main avenue, and hundreds of officers in riot gear advanced on the crowd and began firing tear gas. Some of the demonstrators, covering their faces with scarves and napkins, tossed the tear gas canisters back at police…

The air was thick with smoke, and people could be heard shouting, “Hard to breathe!”

Here’s how the demonstrations and the police response looked overnight.

J. Freedom du Lac
August 18, 1:13 pm
  • J. Freedom du Lac August 18, 1:13 pm

Alderman warns 'insurgents' are on the streets

St. Louis Alderman Antonio French has been on the streets of Ferguson night and day for more than a week, tweeting his account of protests and clashes with police since the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

He has consistently argued that the police response has overwhelmingly outweighed the threat of violence — until now.

In a series of tweets, French sounded the alarm that a small group of “insurgents” is to blame for the increase in violence and chaos he witnessed on the streets of Ferguson on Sunday night:

Read more here.

Abby Phillip
August 18, 1:22 pm
  • Abby Phillip August 18, 1:22 pm

Video purports to show moments after Brown's death

Ferguson resident Piaget Crenshaw told CNN that she witnessed Michael Brown’s shooting death — and that she captured the moments after his death on video. CNN first aired the video, along with Crenshaw’s interview, on Monday.

Crenshaw said:

“From it all initially happening, I knew this is not right…I knew the police shouldn’t have been chasing this young boy and firing at the same time. The fact that he got shot in his face, it was like something clicked in me … this isn’t right. I gotta record.”

Crenshaw said she held off on releasing the video until now on the advice of her lawyer. Read more here.

Abby Ohlheiser
August 18, 1:27 pm
  • Abby Ohlheiser August 18, 1:27 pm

Curfew lifted in Ferguson

Gov. Jay Nixon (D) announced Monday that the curfew would be lifted in Ferguson following two nights of protests and clashes between heavily-armed police and residents.

This decision came because the Missouri National Guard has been called in to help with security in Ferguson, Nixon said in a statement.

Head here for more.

Mark Berman
August 18, 2:06 pm
  • Mark Berman August 18, 2:06 pm

Ferguson was like 'a pot ready to boil over'

The violence that erupted in Ferguson overnight despite a state-imposed curfew has left some wondering what it will take to stop the unrest.

One Ferguson resident, community activist Dennis Brown, 46, suggested that the problem goes far deeper than the shooting of Michael Brown.

“These young people are angry because they want justice,” Brown said. “This didn’t happen overnight. The problems in St. Louis have been happening for years. It was a pot ready to boil over.”

“Missouri is one of the most racist states in the country,” he added. “You have problems with racial profiling. Young people being pulled over. DWB’s. Driving while black. Young people sitting on the sides of roads. There’s a lack of jobs. A lack of employment.”

Brown said young people are organizing their protests on social media. He also believes that some of the protesters responsible for the violence over the past week are from Ferguson, not outside communities.

 “They are not gang leaders. They are normal people. They are people showing their anger,” he said. 

“They say this is enough. They see Trayvon Martin. They saw Fruitvale Station. And before that, there was Rodney King. And those cops walk.”

“There’s always a time in history when great things happen to strike at the core people. These young  people are saying enough is enough. This is the time when things change.”

DeNeen L. Brown
August 18, 2:11 pm
  • DeNeen L. Brown August 18, 2:11 pm

Amnesty International has come to Ferguson

Protesters in Ferguson on Sunday. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Associated Press)

In an unusual move for the global rights organization, Amnesty International dispatched a delegation of observers and organizers to Ferguson late last week — the first deployment of its kind by Amnesty within the United States, the organization said.

Amnesty dispatched the 13-person delegation on Thursday, a day after Amnesty International USA’s Executive Director Steven Hawkins sent a letter to law enforcement officials there expressing “deep concern” about the death of Michael Brown and the way in which the police responded to protesters.

Read more here.

Abby Ohlheiser
August 18, 2:37 pm
  • Abby Ohlheiser August 18, 2:37 pm

How the world's media is covering Ferguson


Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald Johnson (L) and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speak to the media on Aug. 15. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

“There are plenty of foreign journalists reporting on Ferguson,” Adam Taylor and Rick Noack write on WorldViews, “and for them, Ferguson is foreign news.”

So how is the foreign press covering the story? From the WorldViews post:

  • British coverage of Ferguson has emphasized the racial drama that lies behind the riots or the scale of the police response.
  • Germany’s Zeit Online, a centrist news site, saw the death of Michael Brown as testimony for deep-rooted racism in the U.S. and concluded that “the situation of African-Americans has barely improved since Martin Luther King.”
  • Le Figaro – the main conservative voice of France – focused less on the remaining racial tensions in the U.S. than on “the excessive militarization of the police forces.”
  • In China, official coverage of the Ferguson riots has been muted, perhaps due to worrying parallels with situations closer to home.

Read more here.

J. Freedom du Lac
August 18, 2:39 pm
  • J. Freedom du Lac August 18, 2:39 pm
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