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1 Shot as Ferguson Protesters Defy Curfew

Police use smoke, tear gas; arrest 7
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2014 7:00 AM CDT
1 Shot as Ferguson Protesters Defy Curfew
Law enforcement officers wait to advance Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, after firing tear gas to disperse a crowd protesting the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Newser) – One person is in critical condition after having been shot overnight in Ferguson as protesters defied a midnight-to-5am curfew, reports the New York Times. Police, who are still seeking the shooter, used smoke and tear gas in the renewed unrest that came less than half an hour after the curfew took hold. They arrested seven protesters—many of whom were chanting "No justice! No curfew!"—and charged them with "failure to disperse."

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Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson in a news conference early today that police were mostly concerned by armed protesters, and that someone had fired a shot at a patrol car. "I can tell you that I was disappointed in the actions of tonight," he said, as per CNN. And though the AP notes that hundreds of protesters cleared out ahead of the curfew, those who remained were resolute. "They got guns. We got guns. We are ready," one protester said. Yesterday, some Ferguson residents were blaming violence on outsiders who had traveled to Missouri to protest. "Who would burn down their own backyard?" asked one woman. "These people aren't from here. They came to burn down our city and leave." (Read more Ferguson, Missouri stories.)

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