Here’s the shotguns used tonight. Lots of restraint shown:

Summary of the night (August 18th, 2014):

There were many arrests throughout the night. Water bottles and other objects were thrown at police, and after gunshots rang out near the QuikTrip, police began firing smoke and gas indiscriminately. There have been reports of white anarchist agitators from out of town, provoking police.

Many protesters ran, terrified, coughing. Journalists were caught in the gas: one canister rolled right under a photographer, who collapsed from it. Fires and bricks were used by residents to try and keep back police.

Police began clearing out the street, ordering anyone who wasn’t credentialed media to leave or be faced with arrest. When one reporter (who is livestreaming the events and has a camera on him) explained he lost his credentials while being fired at and showed his PRESS patch instead, officer told him “this doesn’t mean shit” while ripping the journalist’s PRESS patch off of his vest and throwing it to the ground.

Police formed two lines and began moving forward. A handful of protesters got caught between the lines, trapped but repeatedly told to get out. Among them, WaPo reporter Wesley Lowery reports that the entire neighbourhood has barriers and many people are unable to get home.

SWAT teams have begun doing tactical sweeps and media were ordered away.

Amnesty International was also on the ground tonight and were kicked out by police. Currently, AI is highly critical of the US.

There are still a few people trapped, it appears, including a few reporters, who are tweeting that they’re being mercilessly gassed:

And here’s an image of what it looks like when they fire gas:

Currently waiting for a presser from Captain Johnson, who was seen tonight attempting to keep peace with no helmet/mask/gear.


At a deposition, Ferguson’s former police chief revealed that his staff did not keep records of incidents in which officers used force against citizens, so long as no one died; in other words, there was no way of telling how often incidents like Davis’ happened.

remember shit like this when they talk about how mike brown’s shooter had no disciplinary record







You know what really gets to me, and I’m sure many know this, is the blatant abuse and betrayal that white photogs display in POC countries. Every time a photo has gotten famous like this photo did in history, the actual focus of the photo is left behind in the dust while the white photog is hailed as a hero for displaying the ills of that country. He didn’t even fucking ask her name. He didn’t ask for 17 years. The world knew nothing about her life and her story. He captured one moment that made him famous and she got nothing.

Every time I see this photo, I seethe.

interesting perspective

whats her name though


She wasn’t forgotten. If she was, there would never have been a search campaign to find her again. Her name is Sharbat Gula, and her face would eventually launch a campaign to find her again and get her perspective on how much has changed since Soviet occupation. She didn’t get nothing, she got worldwide fame and hers was THE face people thought  of when considering young girls at the time and even now. In recognition of her, a fund was started that raised nearly 1 million for the education and benefit of young Afghani girls and women. The photographer was just on an assignment, and didn’t think his image would make the front cover or even be used (and it nearly wasn’t had his editor not made a habit of looking at the discarded images just in case.) Steve McCurry, the photographer, made every effort he possibly could to reunite with Gula and continues to this day to keep in touch with her. Here is his perspective on the thing. She lives a good life for where she is, and her face, captured in a few seconds of perfect photographic opportunity on the fly, inspired the generosity to help young girls like her. The photographer uses his skills to promote awareness of the world outside the reader’s borders. He took the time and effort to learn her name, but it seems some of you didn’t.

Isn’t that ironic. People on tumblr doing everything they accuse the photographer of, plus lying.

(Source: madfuture)

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