That moment when you suddenly wonder if Ferguson is in Ukraine, not Missouri.
(via redditor kevan)
So, there was huge news in Ferguson, MO last night, unless you were watching the news, in which case you were hearing about Obama's visit to Martha's Vineyard. One of the reasons for this (besides apathy) is that the police seemed to have a zero tolerance policy for news crews. It's almost like the St. Louis PD (who were running the operation) realized that using overwhelming force and military-grade equipment against unarmed protestors in a small American town didn't have the best optics.
Cameras were shut off and crews were told to leave "for their own safety" so that the police could move in with body armor, crowd control tanks (with cool microwave weapons that can make hundreds of people feel like their skin's on fire! You can see them on top of the vehicles in the video) and tear gas to secure a city of 20,000 people.
The gentleman on the left has more personal body armor and weaponry than I did while invading Iraq. pic.twitter.com/5u6TxyIbkk— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) August 14, 2014
Usually they just did this by pointing sniper rifles at reporters from the tops of tanks, or slamming them into drink machines in McDonald's. They decided to take a slightly different route with America's favorite unwelcome news channel, Al Jazeera.