Protesters ignite fire, police disperse crowd
Police are dispersing everyone on West Florissant in Ferguson, Mo., including credentialed media, after gunshots were reportedly fired, according to several media outlets. Washington Post reporter Krissah Thompson said demonstrators who remain on the street are being arrested. Officers formed a line directly in front of the media and members of the press were asked to return to a cordoned-off media area up the hill.
Saint Louis County Police were in an armored vehicle parked in the middle of the street. Two law enforcement officers stood atop with binoculars. Press is slowly dispersing.
At 11 p.m., a handful of residents stood at the memorial at the site where Michael Brown was killed, according to Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery. They poured out beer bottles and liquor next to the memorial, and discussed whether or not they would attend his funeral.
In the distance, the sounds of gun shots cut through the sky intermittently. Then huge bangs.
At the corner of Canfield and West Florissant, police deployed at least three separate volleys of tear gas. Hundreds scattered in every direction.
“They dropping bombs out the sky!” screamed one man as he dashed away from the thick clouds of smoke.
About a dozen young men prepared to fight back, grabbing bottles and rocks:
“I’ve got gas if you’ve got bottles.”
“Who has got lighter fluid?”
Residents ignited a fire in the street as officers continue to blast the area with thick layers of tear gas. The fire, they hoped, would stop officers from advancing.
Meanwhile, police tactical vehicles sped down the street. At 11:15 p.m. came another round of tear gas, landing in loud booms that sent most of the rest of the crowd scattering.