An Uneasy Weekend in Ferguson

Social media captures how the city has vacillated wildly between spates of violence and an uneasy calm in the week after the police shooting death of Mike Brown.  

Demonstrators protesting the August 9 police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown react as police fire tear gas on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri early on August 17, 2014.  
Demonstrators protesting the August 9 police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown react as police fire tear gas on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri early on August 17, 2014.   Photo by Joshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images

In the week since a white officer gunned down an unarmed 18-year-old black male after a confrontation in Ferguson, Mo., waves of violence and unrest have coursed through the Midwestern city as scores of protesters demand answers.

Nationally, social media users have been monitoring the case like private investigators, seeeking answers, posting pictures, providing updates and raising questions about the progress of the investigation into the death of Michael Brown, who was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9.

It’s not just a social media response. On Aug. 14, vigils were held throughout the country in support of residents of Ferguson. Further, the call for the police department to release the name of the officer responsible for Brown’s death became stronger and louder. The department released Wilson’s name Friday–nearly a week after the shooting.  

In an effort to tamp down protests and outbursts of violence over the racial injustice of the shooting, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, declared a state of emergency Saturday and imposed a a five hour curfew that began at midnight. Seven protesters were arrested for curfew violation, and one was shot by an unknown assailant.

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Police released tear gas nearly two hours after the beginning of the curfew:

A crowd defies the state imposed curfew:

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