FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.
Protesters filled the streets after nightfall Monday, and officers trying to enforce tighter restrictions at times used bullhorns to order them to disperse. Police deployed noisemakers and armored vehicles to push demonstrators back. Officers fired tear gas and flash grenades.
Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, who is in charge of security in Ferguson, said bottles and Molotov cocktails were thrown from the crowd and that some officers had come under heavy gunfire. At least two people were shot and 31 were arrested, he said. He did not have condition updates on those who were shot. Johnson said four officers were injured by rocks or bottles.
Demonstrators no longer faced the neighborhood’s midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew, but police told protesters that they could not assemble in a single spot and had to keep moving. After the streets had been mostly cleared, authorities ordered reporters to leave as well, citing the risk from the reported gunfire.
The latest clashes came at the end of a day in which a pathologist hired by the Brown family said the unarmed 18-year-old suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned. But the pathologist said the team that examined Brown cannot be sure yet exactly how the wounds were inflicted until they have more information.
-The Associated Press
Alex Wroblewski, a freelance photographer working for the Chicago Sun-Times, was in Ferguson on Monday. Here’s what he saw.
Police on the scene of West Florissant Avenue on Monday night. | Alex Wroblewski/For Sun-Times Media
Protesters peacefully marched from Monday afternoon into Monday night. | Alex Wroblewski/For Sun-Times Media
A neighbor puts out a fire with his garden hose after protesters started a fire near his house on Canfield and Florissant in Ferguson. | Alex Wroblewski/For Sun-Times Media
Protesters return tear gas to police. | Alex Wroblewski/For Sun-Times Media
Protesters on West Florissant Avenue. Many asked not to be named. | Alex Wroblewski/For Sun-Times Media
Protesters peacefully marched from Sunday afternoon into Sunday night in Ferguson. | Alex Wroblewski/For Sun-Times Media
All photos by Alex Wroblewski/For Sun-Times Media