Michael Brown Shooting: Police Use Tear Gas in Ferguson Curfew [Video]

Missouri governor declares a state of emergency to put end to protests that flooded the city following Michael Brown shooting.

“Dozens of people congregated on Saturday morning in Ferguson, clearing broken glass and boarding up broken shop windows after another round of violence erupted the night before, dashing hopes that a softer police approach may ease tensions,” The Telegraph reports.

The situation got worse after an account of the shooting of the teen by Emanuel Freeman, a local rapper. Using his Twitter label of @TheePharoah, he gave a blow by blow account of how the incident unfolded last Saturday.

Jay Nixon, governor of Missouri, decided on declaring a state of emergency and announced that a curfew would be put in place to prevent further trouble.

“If there was an easy way to separate those who hurt from those who help, we would,” he said at a press conference. “But it is hard. Sometimes – especially at night – we can’t.”

The Governor added: “This is a test. The eyes of the world are watching. This is a test of whether a community – this community, any community – can break the cycle of fear, distrust and violence and replace them with peace, strength and ultimately justice.”

“It will not happen in one night. But that is where it will start.”

The Ferguson police department was highly criticized for both the shooting and its handling of its aftermath. This weekend U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a federal medical examiner to perform an autopsy, in addition to one being conducted by state medical examiners.

Holder called for the federal autopsy “due to the extraordinary circumstances involved in this case and at the request of the Brown family,” Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon said. The family is also planning to have a pathologist conduct an independent examination of the body, a family spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the governor admitted that in spite of the clashes, the curfew was a success and the community deserved credit.

“We are always disappointed when things are not perfect, but thousands of people spoke last night, thousands of people marched and not a single gunshot (was) fired by members of the law enforcement,” he told CNN’s news show “State of the Union.”

Nixon said he did not know how long the curfew would be in place. “We are trying to use the least amount of force to provide people the ability to speak while also protecting people’s property,” he said.

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton, who was set to lead a rally with the dead teen’s family on Sunday in Ferguson, called for an end to violence and looting.

“We cannot change it by becoming like those that we fight,” he said on his syndicated radio show “Hour of Power.”

“I say to the young people, I understand your anger and you have a right to be angry, but don’t go mad and burn up your own community.”

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