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Unrest continues to roil the streets of Ferguson, Mo., where protests during the day have given way to tense confrontations most nights since Michael Brown was shot and killed. Here are the latest updates on what is happening in Ferguson.

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'Protesters don't clash with police. ... It's the criminals.'

At least two people were shot, numerous fires were set and more than 30 people were arrested in Ferguson, Mo., early Tuesday, Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald Johnson told reporters early Tuesday.

At a news briefing at about 2:20 a.m. Central time, Johnson said Monday evening began peacefully with calm and orderly protests. “This was a freedom of expression we are committed to protecting,” he said. About 9:40 p.m. more than 200 people started walking toward police officers. “They were loud but not aggressive,” he added, emphasizing that many chanted and turned around after they were heard. Police did not react, he said.

“That’s when bottles were thrown from the middle and the back of a large crowd that gathered near and within the media staging area,” he said. “These criminal acts came from a tiny minority of lawbreakers.”

Johnson said bottles and Molotov cocktails were thrown; shots were fired. “Not a single shot” was fired by officers, he said.

“Protesters are peaceful and respectful. Protesters don’t clash with police,” he said. “It is criminals who throw Molotov cocktails and fire shots that injures lives and property.”

Johnson also addressed the media, asking journalists to stay clear of the roads so police can safely move through. “Let’s not glamorize the acts of criminals,” he said.

Johnson said as of 2 a.m., 31 people had been arrested — some from as far away as New York and California. The people who were arrested were not journalists, he said.

Finally, Johnson encouraged peaceful protesters to come out during the daytime to make their voices heard.

“All of these criminals at night that are masking themselves and hiding themselves behind peace, let them come at night so we can identify them, so we can take them away from our community and put them away and make our streets clear,” he said. “And I’d ask [the media] not to glamorize their activities.”

Lindsey Bever
August 19, 3:53 am
  • Lindsey Bever August 19, 3:53 am

Police seize two handguns, molotov cocktail

The St. Louis County Police Department tweeted photos of two seized handguns and a molotov cocktail that Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson referred to during a news conference Tuesday morning.

Johnson told reporters the weapons were confiscated from “criminals” who were hiding behind peaceful protesters.

Then Chris King, managing editor of the St. Louis American, tweeted:

Lindsey Bever
August 19, 5:45 am
  • Lindsey Bever August 19, 5:45 am

Ferguson on the front page: 'Streets Flare Up'

There was another night of chaos and violence in Ferguson, where two men were shot (not by police, officials said early Tuesday morning) and at least 31 people were arrested.

Here is what the St. Louis area is waking up to this morning, on the front page of the Post-Dispatch:

To see how the story has unfolded on the front of the Post-Dispatch, click here.

J. Freedom du Lac
August 19, 5:55 am
  • J. Freedom du Lac August 19, 5:55 am

Protesters: The peaceful, the elders, the looters ... and the 'militants'

On The Post’s front page this morning:

FERGUSON, Mo. — On one corner of a battered stretch of West Florissant Avenue, the epicenter of ongoing protests, young men pull dark scarves up over their mouths and lob molotov cocktails at police from behind makeshift barricades built of bricks and wood planks. They call the gasoline-filled bottles “poor man’s bombs.”

The young men yell expletives and, with a rebel’s bravado, speak about securing justice for Michael Brown, the black teen fatally shot Aug. 9 by a white police officer, “by any means necessary.”

They are known here as “the militants” — a faction inhabiting the hard-core end of a spectrum that includes online organizers and opportunistic looters — and their numbers have been growing with the severity of their tactics since the shooting.

The story, by Emily Wax-Thibodeaux and DeNeen L. Brown, is a taxonomy of Ferguson’s protesters –”demonstrators [who] are as diverse as their grievances — and in their methods of addressing them.”

Read the whole thing here.

And here is a related piece about alderman Antonio French’s warning that “insurgents” are causing trouble in the streets.

J. Freedom du Lac
August 19, 6:17 am
  • J. Freedom du Lac August 19, 6:17 am

Gov. Nixon: 'Let's keep #Ferguson safe'

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) called for peace in Ferguson last night.

The timing of Nixon’s tweet, however, could not have been worse: Moments later, police fired stun grenades and tear gas at protesters.

During the latest spasm of violence, two men were shot (not by police, officials said) and at least 31 people were arrested.

J. Freedom du Lac
August 19, 7:02 am
  • J. Freedom du Lac August 19, 7:02 am

Here's what happened overnight

(Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)

From an earlier post:

At least two people were shot, numerous fires were set and more than 30 people were arrested in Ferguson, Mo., early Tuesday, Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald Johnson told reporters early Tuesday.

At a news briefing at about 2:20 a.m. Central time, Johnson said Monday evening began peacefully with calm and orderly protests. “This was a freedom of expression we are committed to protecting,” he said. About 9:40 p.m. more than 200 people started walking toward police officers. “They were loud but not aggressive,” he added, emphasizing that many chanted and turned around after they were heard. Police did not react, he said.

“That’s when bottles were thrown from the middle and the back of a large crowd that gathered near and within the media staging area,” he said. “These criminal acts came from a tiny minority of lawbreakers.”

Johnson said bottles and molotov cocktails were thrown; shots were fired. “Not a single shot” was fired by officers, he said.

“Protesters are peaceful and respectful. Protesters don’t clash with police,” he said. “It is criminals who throw Molotov cocktails and fire shots that injures lives and property.”

Johnson also addressed the media, asking journalists to stay clear of the roads so police can safely move through. “Let’s not glamorize the acts of criminals,” he said.

Johnson said as of 2 a.m., 31 people had been arrested — some from as far away as New York and California. The people who were arrested were not journalists, he said.

Finally, Johnson encouraged peaceful protesters to come out during the daytime to make their voices heard.

“All of these criminals at night that are masking themselves and hiding themselves behind peace, let them come at night so we can identify them, so we can take them away from our community and put them away and make our streets clear,” he said. “And I’d ask [the media] not to glamorize their activities.”

Lindsey Bever
August 19, 7:24 am
  • Lindsey Bever August 19, 7:24 am
Abby Phillip
August 19, 7:53 am
  • Abby Phillip August 19, 7:53 am

The cleanup effort begins again

As they have for more than a week, volunteers in Ferguson woke in the quiet hours of the morning to clean the streets after yet another night of turmoil.

Abby Phillip
August 19, 8:28 am
  • Abby Phillip August 19, 8:28 am

Reporter for the Intercept and other journalists jailed

A reporter for the Intercept, a news organization co-founded by former Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, is still being detained in a St. Louis County jail after being arrested overnight for “refusal to disperse.”

Ryan Devereaux was detained around 3:00 a.m Eastern time and will be released at some point this morning, according to the St. Louis County police.

He is one of several who were arrested and are still detained a jail official told The Post. That person would not specify how many reporters are still in custody.

Breitbart News journalist Kerry Picket also appeared to have been arrested overnight and was released.

Abby Phillip
August 19, 9:02 am
  • Abby Phillip August 19, 9:02 am

PHOTOS: Another night of turmoil

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

 (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Charlie Riedel/AP)

(REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

(Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

View more images from Ferguson here.

Abby Phillip
August 19, 9:35 am
  • Abby Phillip August 19, 9:35 am
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