It was another tear-gas-filled night in Ferguson, Mo., as protesters continued to demand justice in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a still-unnamed police officer.
A militarized police force with riot gear and SWAT vehicles continued to demand that protesters disperse around 9 p.m., according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. But demonstrators were not backing down, and the newspaper reported that some were antagonizing the police.
“If I’m going to go, I’m taking one of you with me,” warned one demonstrator.
Another reportedly shouted, “We’re not dogs, so what the hell you’ve got those whipping sticks for? Because you want to whip us like dogs.”
According to the Post-Dispatch, the majority of the interaction between police and protesters was verbal until someone tossed a bottle near police, resulting in their firing tear gas.
The demonstrators retreated into nearby neighborhoods, but the newspaper reports that the police also used sonic cannons, which emit a piercing sound, to scatter crowds.
This is the fifth straight day—and the third tear gas-filled day—since Brown’s death that crowds have gathered in protest.
The Post-Dispatch reports that police authorities are asking the community for patience during the investigation.
“The timeline on this is there is no timeline,” St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said during an afternoon press conference, according to the Post-Dispatch. “We will do this as expeditiously as possible. But we won’t rush.”