24 Hours in Ferguson

As protests continue over the still-unexplained shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, violence also continues to erupt, with police officers deploying tear gas and smoke bombs.

Demonstrators, protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, flee as police shoot tear gas into the crowd of several hundred after someone reportedly threw a bottle at the line of police Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
Demonstrators, protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, flee as police shoot tear gas into the crowd of several hundred after someone reportedly threw a bottle at the line of police Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Something has snapped in Ferguson, Mo.

Maybe not so much snapped as erupted. The racial tension that reached its tipping point at the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown has dissolved police-community relationships seemingly beyond restoration, at least for now. 

Protesters came out in full force Wednesday night, continuing their calls for justice for the 18-year-old, who should have been enjoying his first week of college.

And then the violence erupted as police started throwing smoke bombs and tear gas into the crowd of demonstrators. A few protesters threw the tear gas back at the police. Some people allegedly responded by tossing Molotov cocktails.  

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Two journalists were arrested: the Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery and the Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly. A St. Louis Alderman, Antonio French, who has been at the scene of protests posting Vine videos and tweets and keeping the public abreast of the situation, was also arrested. (Lowery, Reilly and French have since been released.)

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