What’s it like in #Ferguson? Tweets, videos show tension
Protesters hold up signs, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in front of a convenience store that was looted and burned following the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown by police nearly a week ago in Ferguson, Mo. (AP / Charlie Riedel)
Marlene Leung, CTVNews.ca
Published Saturday, August 16, 2014 1:49PM EDT
Since the shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., tweets, images and videos have spread quickly on social media, giving a glimpse of what it's like to be on the ground in the St. Louis suburb. Here's a look at some of the social sharing among citizens:
First news of the incident one week agao may have come from a Twitter user who claims to have witnessed and live-tweeted the shooting on Aug. 9.
*Warning: Tweets contain profane language and graphic images. CTV News has not been able to verify the contents of these tweets."
I JUST SAW SOMEONE DIE OMFG— Bruh. (@TheePharoah) August 9, 2014
Im about to hyperventilate— Bruh. (@TheePharoah) August 9, https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BunpIZkCcAE3RWq.jpg2014
Protests soon followed, with residents of Ferguson taking to the streets to demand justice for the slain teen. Antonio French, an alderman from St. Louis, captured photos and videos of some of the protests and posted them to his Twitter account.
When you bring a band to a protest... https://t.co/LimT6um9P2— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 14, 2014
Children chat: "Justice for Mike Brown!" https://t.co/HejVixnnMk— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 13, 2014
But images emerged on Wednesday showing heavily armed police officers confronting the protesters.
Late Friday, following a brief period of relative peace after the Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of the security situation in Ferguson, some looters stormed several stores, including the same store Brown is accused of stealing a box of cigars from.
However, some residents and store-owners stepped in to protect the shops from the looters. Images of groups of protesters blocking the entrance ways also appeared on social media:
I'm really proud of those who ran to block looters. They tried to redirect back to the chant "Hands up! Don't shoot!" pic.twitter.com/dARQl1xTyx— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 16, 2014
In this video, the residents protect a store from looters while chanting "I am Mike Brown!"
Protesters block looters. https://t.co/1lJIQCm6UQ— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 16, 2014
And on Saturday morning, photos emerged of residents pitching in to clean up the debris from Friday night's clashes.