It’s getting hard to distinguish Ferguson, Missouri, from a war zone these days—a war in which one side has its arms up in the air with signs demanding justice for Michael Brown, while the other is armed with more conventional weapons.
Local police, backed by other authorities, roam the streets in tanks and armored trucks, and have been dispersing crowds with tear gas and rubber bullets. Every morning, residents and journalists take to Twitter to post photos of the canisters, magazines and bullets left behind from the previous nights:
A volunteer cleans up rubber bullets from the street
Brian Schellman of St. Louis PD confirms these were shot at protesters. They are “less lethal wooden baton rounds” pic.twitter.com/5hV2t0cJwo— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) August 12, 2014
Wooden batons used to disperse protestors
From same street: remains of “Triple Chaser” CS gas canister, “60 cal stinger” rubber bullet magazine; rubber bullets pic.twitter.com/ImgZNfwyzN— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) August 12, 2014
Tear gas canister, magazine and rubber bullets
Another tear gas canister and more rubber bullets
And more rubber bullets
And even more rubber bullets
Peppershots, filled with hot chili powder and designed to
burst on impact to irritate the nose, eyes and throat.
Rubber bullet magazine
And, of course, even more rubber bullets