Tanya’s Comment: The scene takes place in Ferguson, Missouri. As can be seen in the video, the crowd is peacefully gathered in protest over the killing of unarmed 18-year-old black youth Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. They were simply chanting and singing when Ferguson police, after issuing a warning, commenced an attack. The attack consisted of non-lethal, but still painful, weapons including rubber bullets, smoke grenades, tear gas, and sonic crowd control devices (extremely loud, high pitched beeps that hurt the ear). It’s important to note that even as the attack began, members of the crowd held their hands up to communicate that they meant no harm to the officers.
This is a shameful chapter of American history.
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The police ordered all TV crews to leave the scene—quite obviously because the police did not want a record of what they were about to do. But KARG Argus Radio stayed with a camera and recorded what looks very much like a police attack on angry but peaceful protesters. This is amazing footage, taken in Ferguson MO last night: