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Violence Escalates In Ferguson As Police And Protesters Clash

Developing: Police fire smoke bombs and tear gas in the streets Wednesday night as protesters toss Molotov cocktails after the death of Michael Brown. BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { if (BF_STATIC.bf_test_mode) localStorage.setItem(‘posted_date’, 1407989891); }); BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById(“update_posted_time_3417391”).innerHTML = “posted on ” + UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date(1407989891); });

1. Update — August 14, 8:49 a.m. ET

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A protester engulfed in smoke Wednesday.

3. Five days after Michael Brown was killed by a police officer, the violence in Ferguson, Mo., showed no sign of slowing down Wednesday.

As night fell, police in Ferguson fired tear gas into crowds. Live video footage showed dense clouds wafting past people running in the streets with occasional explosions lighting up the scene and casting shadows onto the smoke.

After firing, the police marched toward a group gathered at a burned-out gas station, CNN reported.

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A protester throws back a smoke bomb Wednesday night.

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Riot police clear a street with smoke bombs Wednesday.

6. In a video shot by KTVI-TV, police order the crowds to disperse, then activate sirens, fire gas canisters, and begin advancing.

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=qMwa5Onm2CA. youtube.com

8. Instagram user cjw_stl later posted pictures of the canisters police fired.

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11. Video and pictures from the scene also showed a gas canister landing near a news truck just as the crew was about to do a live shot.

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=720_l3dgbYA. youtube.com Lynden Steele @manofsteele

Protesters try unsuccessfully to light a Molotov cocktail as police ready to advance in #Ferguson Pic by @pdchris

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Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik

.@TefPoe reporting that the man who has given us the best coverage from #Ferguson, @AntonioFrench has been arrested

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Joel D. Anderson @blackink12

St. Louis alderman @AntonioFrench has apparently been arrested tonight during the protests in #Ferguson, according to his wife and friends

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Senka @senka

@MichaelSkolnik He was arrested, in Ferguson jail right now @AntonioFrench

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20. French was released just before 7:20 a.m. CT Thursday.

Jon Swaine @jonswaine

Photo of reporter I believe to be @ryanjreilly being cuffed and put in a police van minutes ago in #Ferguson

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28. President Obama was briefed on the situation Wednesday night after attending a birthday party. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon also issued a statement Wednesday saying the conflict “does not represent who we are.”

Governor Jay Nixon @GovJayNixon

Situation in Ferguson does not represent who we are. Must keep the peace, while safeguarding rights of citizens and the press

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Governor Jay Nixon @GovJayNixon

Closely monitoring situation & will be in North STL Co tomorrow. Ask for calm & urge law enforcement to respect rights of residents & press

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31. A small group of people gathered outside the Ferguson Police Department for a protest, CNN reported.

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