Media blackout in Ferguson, Missouri, as militarized police wage war on protesters. Protesters came out after a still-unnamed police officer shot innocent, unarmed teenager Michael Brown eight times, leaving his body in the street for the entire day and - judging from 911 dispatch that day - not informing the St. Louis Police Department about what had occurred.
A militaristic no-fly zone is in effect from August 12 to the 18. Residents cannot leave or enter the town and take their lives into their own hands if they leave their homes.
Two journalists - from the Washington Post and Huffington Post - were arrested and assaulted, but not following the usual rules of arrest, like being read their rights, being charged, having any paperwork attached — it was just to get them to stop reporting. Also true of many reporters on the ground who were gassed or arrested —
Antonio French, elected alderman of the 21st ward, became a hero for his constant coverage on Twitter and Vine. He’s now been arrested for no reason other than that —
Al Jazeera TV reporters were shot at with tear gas landing directly at their feet - they ran, and police calmly dismantled their recording equipment.
Christina Coleman of NBC5 was also shot at with tear gas —
Otherwise, there’s been a media blackout, with any major news outlets forced to leave the area before nightfall - which is when all the police violence begins, every night so far. Major coverage of tonight’s violence came from a small local radio station and from alderman French - nothing from the TV stations. Failure to comply has resulted in the tear gassing seen above, as well as flash grenades and wooden and rubber bullets fired indiscriminately at anyone in the area.
What the fuck? This is so horrible it doesn’t even sound real.