Missouri, Goddamn

"Alabama's got me so upset, Tennessee made me lose my rest and everybody knows about Missouri, goddamn."

A sample of US military veterans' reactions to Ferguson police crackdown

"The general consensus here: if this is militarization, it's the shittiest, least-trained, least professional military in the world, using weapons far beyond what they need, or what the military would use when doing crowd control." [Storify] Read the rest

Video of Ferguson police gassing news crew and dismantling their equipment

A news crew, clearly no threat or impediment to the cops, films from a verge in Ferguson, Missouri. A pop and a cloud of white smoke marks the arrival of a tear gas canister at their feet, and the newscrew is forced to flee. Moments later, police pull up in an armored van and hurriedly try to break down the film equipment--until they notice that another crew is still filming them from across the street.

Update: Kate O'Brian, president of Al Jazeera America, released a statement condemning the police.

Last night at 9:30 CDT in Ferguson, Missouri, an Al Jazeera America news crew was reporting behind police barricades. They were easily identifiable as a working television crew. As they were setting up their camera for a live report, tear gas canisters landed in their proximity and police fired rubber bullets in their direction. Police continued to shoot after crew members clearly and repeatedly shouted ‘Press’. Al Jazeera America is stunned by this egregious assault on freedom of the press that was clearly intended to have a chilling effect on our ability to cover this important story. Thankfully all three crew members are physically fine. We believe that this situation must be investigated along with those involving our colleagues at other media outlets.

Ferguson police deny the targeting was intentional.

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Ferguson: live video streams of SWAT team assault on protesters

Here is a list of live streams for the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri tonight.

Ferguson: Militarized police use force against protesters, arrest journalists

Police turned violent at protests in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, where an unnamed police officer recently shot an unarmed black teen dead.