MOSCOW, November 25 (Sputnik) - Amnesty International has reported that its observers have been tear-gassed by riot police in public places during a crackdown on violent protests underway in the US city of Ferguson following a grand jury's decision not to press charges against a white policeman for killing an unarmed African-American teenager in August.
"Police raid safe space. Amnesty observers gassed," Steven Hawkins, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, said Tuesday on his official Twitter account.
"Was just in a cafe full of people resting from the Ferguson protests when police shot tear gas at safe space," Deputy Executive Director for Field Organizing at Amnesty International USA Rachel O'Leary said.
According to a Twitter post by Hawkins, Amnesty International observers had been affected by tear gas, used by police to disperse protesters, in "3 separate locations."
Riot police responded with tear gas, batons and flash grenades, and running battles broke out in the streets of the St. Louis suburb, with armored cars moving slowly through the area.
Journalist Tim Pool and filmmaker Orlando de Guzman, who is in Ferguson right now, "witnessed Ferguson police gas an unconscious woman & the people trying to help" overnight.