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Protesters defy Ferguson, Mo., curfew; one man shot

One man shot, seven protesters arrested after curfew Sunday morning in Ferguson, Mo.
By Danielle Haynes   |   Aug. 17, 2014 at 10:32 AM   |   Comments

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FERGUSON, Mo., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Despite a curfew instated by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, protesters took to the streets Sunday morning, resulting in the shooting of one man and arrest of seven others.

The man, whose name wasn't reported, was shot on West Florissant Avenue by an unknown assailant, and was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald Johnson couldn't confirm whether the person who was shot was a protester.

The shooting took place outside of a barbecue restaurant inside of which were some armed men, police said they learned. Police had fired tear gas and smoke grenades in the area in order to reach the injured man, Johnson said during a news conference 3 a.m. Sunday.



Johnson said at one point a law enforcement vehicle was shot at.


Protesters gathered after the curfew standing with their hands in the air, a pose some witnesses said they saw 18-year-old Michael Brown take when he was shot to death Aug. 9 by St. Louis County Police officer Darren Wilson.

Brown's death sparked more than a week of protests, riots and looting in the Missouri town, prompting Nixon to declare a state of emergency Saturday.

"No justice! No curfew!" some of the protesters chanted early Sunday morning. "We ready. We ready. We ready for y'all. We are Mike Brown."

"You are in violation of a state-imposed curfew. You must disperse immediately. Failure to comply, may result in arrest," an officer told the crowd.

Seven people were arrested Sunday morning and charged with failure to disperse.

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