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Police Fire Tear Gas at Rights Activists Amid Ferguson Riots: Amnesty Int'l

© Mario AnzuoniAmnesty International members have been gassed as Ferguson police is trying to curb the protests.
Amnesty International members have been gassed as Ferguson police is trying to curb the protests. - Sputnik International
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Amnesty International members have been gassed as Ferguson police is trying to curb the protests.

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."

Ferguson protesters set ablaze cars and shops, attack police with Molotov cocktails, rocks and bottles, officers respond with tear gas and smoke. - Sputnik International
Protests Over Jury Ruling in Michael Brown Case Turn Violent in Ferguson
Major protests erupted late on Monday in Ferguson, in St. Louis County, Missouri, when a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, in August.

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.

US President Barack Obama announced that the nation suffered from distrust between law enforcement and communities of color. - Sputnik International
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US President Barack Obama and members of the bereaved family appealed in vain for calm after a St. Louis County prosecutor announced on Monday that the grand jury had found that the policeman had acted in self-defense.

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