FERGUSON, Mo. - Police fired tear gas into crowds of protestors and reporters covering the demonstration in Ferguson, Mo., Wednesday night.
Officers even arrested several journalists Wednesday. A reporter for the Washington Post and a reporter for the Huffington Post were arrested and detained while they were at McDonalds.
Ferguson residents said they feel they are living in a police state. They are being blocked from getting into their homes or getting to and from work. Residents are ready to get back to normal, and they wish the police would back off.
Protests continued for a fourth day in Ferguson over the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Both police and protestors urge for calm.
The FBI and the Department of Justice have launched their own investigations into the shooting. These run parallel with St. Louis County’s investigation.
“We’ll do a full, fair, complete and impartial investigation into this. Nothing will be left untouched,” St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said.
There are conflicting reports as to what led up to the shooting Saturday, Aug. 9. Eye witnesses deny claims by the police that there was a physical confrontation between Brown and the officer before Brown was shot in the street.
The violent protests have led the school district to postpone the start of classes this week.
Brown’s parents , civic leaders and members of the community are asking for calm as well as answers.
“We’re just asking people to be peaceful, and we are actively working to resolve this situation to get the truth and to get justice,” Ferguson, Mo., Police Chief Tom Jackson said.