Missouri Protesters Face Off With Heavily Armed Police

A demonstrator throws back a tear gas container after police officers try to break up a protest in West Florissant, Mo. (Credit: AP)

A demonstrator throws back a tear gas container after police officers try to break up a protest in West Florissant, Mo. (Credit: AP)

As twilight came to this St. Louis suburb where the police killing of an unarmed young black man touched off several nights of unrest, law enforcement turned out in force Wednesday evening to discourage more protests.

Officers armed with assault rifles stood near armored personnel carriers and faced off with demonstrators near the scene of Sunday night’s looting and vandalism. A convenience store was burned out, and several other businesses were damaged.

Demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo., scatter Monday night after police fired tear gas. (Credit: L.A. Times)

Demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo., scatter Monday night after police fired tear gas. (Credit: L.A. Times)

Authorities had asked demonstrators not to gather Wednesday night, but they did. So did the police.

In the early evening, a brief contretemps broke out when two journalists were taken into custody. The reporters — one from the Washington Post, the other from the Huffington Post — were quickly released at the intervention of Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson.

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