Why not, it’s all about them, after all.
Shortly before midnight local time, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that police fired tear gas at a group of protesters who had reportedly defied orders to leave the parking lot of a burned-out QuikTrip convenience store that has been near the center of demonstrations over the past eight day. St. Louis County Police Chief Sam Dotson told reporters that shots had been fired in the area and media members were told to go to a designated area about a quarter of a mile away.
Late Monday, reporters estimated that the number of protesters had dropped to around 100, far fewer than the number of media members who were covering them.
A photographer for the Getty photo agency was arrested while covering the demonstrations and later released. Two German reporters were arrested and detained for three hours. Conservative German daily Die Welt said correspondent Ansgar Graw and reporter Frank Herrmann, who writes for German regional papers, were arrested after allegedly failing to follow police instructions to vacate an empty street. They said they followed police orders.
At his news conference, Johnson said in some cases it was not immediately clear who was a reporter but that once it was established, police acted properly.
If police in Ferguson treat journalists like this, imagine how they treat residents: http://t.co/ec1FhXTAko
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) August 19, 2014
Aww, poor little JuiceVoxer.
@ezraklein why would journalists deserve better treatment than the residents? Your elitist slip is showing again.
— Jose (@JosesTwits) August 19, 2014
Indeed, it is. Meanwhile, the famed community organizer took a brief respite from his grueling schedule of golf and parties to offer up this nonsense:
“While I understand the passions and the anger that arise over the death of Michael Brown, giving into that anger by looting or carrying guns, and even attacking the police, only deserves to raise tensions and stir chaos, it undermines, rather than advancing justice,” Obama said.
Obama said most people in Ferguson were “peacefully protesting.” But he warned the “small minority of individuals” who have been carrying guns, looting and attacking law enforcement officials “serves to raise tensions and stir chaos.”
Peacefully protesting, huh?
Two men were shot during the chaos of demonstrations late Monday and early today near West Florissant and Canfield, police confirmed. Officers weren’t involved in the shootings. There was no immediate information on the identities or conditions of the victims.
Police also confirmed that 31 people were arrested, including some who had come from as far as New York and California.
Mostly peaceful, of course.