Livestreamer behind Ferguson footage says cops were shooting tear gas near homes
A Missouri man who live-streamed the police action against demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri told MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell on Wednesday that authorities were shooting tear gas into a residential area even after the latest anti-police protest ended.
“The crowd has dispersed, and they’re now going after people who are trying to go back into their vehicles,” Mustafa Hussein said. “We are trapped away from our vehicle and cannot get back to it.”
Hussein, who works for an independent radio station, was broadcasting online live when police advanced toward what was up to that point a peaceful demonstration after telling media members to turn off their recording devices.
“Do they actually believe that they have that right?” O’Donnell asked.
“I don’t know that they believe they have that right,” Hussein responded. “I know that this is a practice that they have taken over the last three nights. We have reports from the crowd that once the media has left the area, tension has taken a turn for the worse.”
The protest was the latest one criticizing police for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown last Saturday. Brown was unarmed when an unidentified officer shot and killed him. On Wednesday, police met the crowd of around 250 people with a large group of 70 SWAT officers and at least one large armored vehicle. A sniper could be seen training his firearm toward the crowd throughout the event.
Watch Hussein’s interview with O’Donnell, as aired on Wednesday, below.