Latest from Ferguson: Brown was shot six times, reporters being threatened, National Guard called in

Police officers react at the scene of a looting at the Dellwood Market after protests against the shooting of Michael Brown turned violent near Ferguson, Missouri August 17, 2014. Shots were fired and police shouted through bullhorns for protesters to dis

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More than a week after police gunned down an unarmed teenager in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, unrest continues.Earlier today, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called in the National Guard:

Gov. Jay Nixon said the National Guard would help “in restoring peace and order” to Ferguson, where protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer entered their second week. Police said they acted in response to gunfire, looting, vandalism and protesters who hurled Molotov cocktails.”These violent acts are a disservice to the family of Michael Brown and his memory and to the people of this community who yearn for justice to be served and to feel safe in their own homes,” Nixon said in a statement.

Nixon didn’t comment on the unprovoked attacks by police against peaceful protesters.And a preliminary private autopsy report, requested by the Brown family, has been released:

Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found.One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury … It was likely the last of bullets to hit him, he said.

And following the arrest last week of two reporters attempting to cover this story, the police assault on the media continues:

“Get the f–k out of here and keep that light off or you’re getting shelled with this,” an officer appeared to shout at Mustafa Hussein, the operator of the Argus Radio Livestream channel, “You’re in our way!”Prior to the incident, Hussein could be seen using a light to get a better view of the scene, but did not appear to be directly blocking police activity.

And while Hussein repeatedly asked for the name of “the officer who threatened to shoot me” and “had a gun pointed directly in my face,” he did not get it.Watch the video of the confrontation here.

And finally, one more black eye for the powers that be in Ferguson:

Amnesty International has taken “unprecedented” action to deal with the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, by sending resources the human rights group has never deployed inside the United States.

And what happens today? God knows. The only thing we know for sure is that Michael Brown is still dead and the only people paying for it seems to be the citizens of Ferguson.


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