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What Is Happening in Ferguson, MO?

More Unrest in the Midwest: What's Happening in Ferguson, MO

Further fury and unrest continued in Ferguson, MO, Monday night surrounding the death of unarmed teen Mike Brown, who was shot and killed by police on Saturday, Aug. 9. Yesterday, an autopsy reveals that there was no sign of struggle in his death, and that the teen died with six gunshot wounds in his body. On Aug. 18, two men were shot and 31 were arrested as clashes between protestors and police continued.

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This past week the city has seemingly been overtaken by authorities in combat gear, with gas masks and rifles armed with rubber bullets. Governor Jay Nixon declared a State of Emergency for Ferguson, bringing in the Missouri National Guard, and temporarily instituting a midnight to 5AM curfew that was lifted on Monday. Social media was an important outlet for protesters and reporters on the ground to document the violent and deeply disturbing situation in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb.

Twitter and Vine have served as real-time transmissions for the clashes not only between police and protesters over the last week, but also journalists who were there to cover the developing story. On Reddit, police officers and St. Louis residents noted their observations and voiced their opinions. Two journalists live-tweeted their infuriating run-in with a SWAT team in McDonald's, which led to their arrest. With the web as its platform, the Ferguson story grew and grew and now has the entire nation at attention. What the heck is really happening in Ferguson? In what follows, the Internet explains.

A 90-year-old Woman Was Arrested

The President and Missouri Governor Call For Peace

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and President Barack Obama spoke on the shooting of Michael Brown and the ongoing protests. And Attorney General Eric Holder opened a civil rights investigation.



President Obama spoke about the crisis on Aug. 18.

. . . And the governor's remarks.

Twitter Became the Frontlines For Americans in Dismay

Vines and Tweeted Photos Showed Evidence of Violence

Protesters and news crews were teargassed on the ground.

The man who took this video footage, St. Louis alderman Antonio French, was soon jailed on Aug. 14.

Journalists Have Been Unjustly Arrested

Poynter has a full list of arrested reporters. So far, 12 journalists have been detained.

Wesley Lowery of Washington Post and Ryan J. Reilly of Huffington Post were at a McDonald's as customers, working on covering the Ferguson protests, when police stormed the establishment and arrested them without charge, then released them without paperwork.

This Image Quickly Bubbled to the Top of Reddit

"This needs attention. Police in Ferguson tear gas the press, dismantle their gear after they flee," reads the caption. One Reddit thread spells out the entire timeline of the situation and is being updated live.

Source: Reddit user kevan

As Well as This Image

"Top picture was in Iraq; bottom picture is in Ferguson."

Source: Reddit

Facebook vs. Twitter Coverage

While Twitter was creating a storm over the riots, this was happening on Facebook:

What Now?

Democratic congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia is putting a new bill, the "Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act," in motion next month. Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul penned an op-ed for Time calling for the demilitarization of the police as well.

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