I spent the week surrounding the indictment decision of Darren Wilson on the streets of Ferguson and South St. Louis following protesters as they moved across the city. This photolog spans a 15 hour period starting on the afternoon of Monday, November 24th and extends well into the following morning. I currently have an article in the December 15th print issue of This Land titled “Letter from Ferguson” that looks at this night in detail, from peaceful protest to police escalation and eventual riots, I found myself in the middle of some of the most contentious actions between police and protesters in various neighborhoods around St. Louis. These pictures are meant to add some depth to this article by showing the people, the neighborhoods and the protests as I saw them that night.
– derek dyson
Mail boxes within a two block radius of the courthouse in Clayton, MO were sealed to prevent the threat of explosive devices being left inside.
Protestors await the grand jury decision in front of the Ferguson Police Department on South Florissant Road.
Police line up in full riot gear in front of the Ferguson Police Department
“Anonymous” present on the S. Florissant. This loosely knit group of internet activists have been influential in social movements all over the world. They garnered major media attention when the released pictures, names and addresses of local KKK members who had made death threats against Ferguson protesters.
As the prosecutor began to hand down the indictment decision in Clayton, MO those of us in Ferguson huddled around cars and cell phones to listen.
Protesters wait for the grand jury decision in front of the Ferguson Police Department.
A police line forms at the south end of Florissant nearly an hour after the grand jury decision is handed down. Behind them sets two armored vehicles with spot lights shining on protesters. This was the first action by law enforcement that stirred protesters who felt they were being “flanked” or “boxed in”.
Same police line, different angle.
This new police line lead to a surge of protesters meeting that line in defiance, pushing the back slightly and leaving a lone cruiser in the midst of those of us on the civilian side of the police line. A handful of young men tried to flip the car, leading to the tear gassing of protesters and subsequent destruction of property shortly after.
Seconds after the first rounds of tear gas and flash bangs were deployed into the crowd.
After fleeing north from the first round of tear gas a few incited protesters began breaking windows, looting stores and setting fires.
The police cruiser that was almost flipped by protesters would later be set on fire when the riot police line advanced on protesters leaving it again unattended and vulnerable to vandalism.
A young women stands in front of a burning police car in the “hands up” pose reminiscent of the last seconds of Michael Browns life as described by eye-witnesses.
Riot police stand guard as their partners detain a young white male suspected of setting two police cruisers on fire minutes before.
Shaw protests on Grand in south St. Louis shortly after 11pm. Relatively peaceful at this point with very little police presence. 15 minutes after this photo was taken, myself and some 200 Shaw protesters were tear gassed by armored vehicles after a plain uniformed officer was assaulted.
The officer in the yellow jacket will eventually be walled off from his partners by protesters. He was pushed twice before armored vehicles deployed tear gas into the crowd.
Shaw protesters flee into surrounding neighborhoods in an attempt to escape the gas. As we ran the armored vehicles deployed gas and flash bangs into the residential areas we had ran to for refuge. Homeowners on the street I ended up brought out bottled water and towels to aid people gagging in the street.