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thanks for the extra outlines there's a reason they don't want it in the. freezer. now let's break the set. coming up on r t tear gas rubber bullets and on rust or robs for the fifth night in ferguson missouri we have extensive coverage on the protests it all began when an unarmed teen was shot and killed by police. it's thursday august fourteenth five pm in washington d.c. i'm a hero david and you're watching r t america we begin today with the latest out of ferguson missouri where protests and rioting over
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a deadly shooting continue. the protest stemmed from saturday's shooting of eighteen year old michael brown by an unnamed officer police say brown was shot after he struggled to grab for the officers weapon on the other hand some witnesses say brown who was on armed began to run after the officer pursued him and proceeded to shoot the young man multiple times even after his hands were raised in the air for a closer look at what happened last night the fifth straight night of protests over this fatal shooting let's go to our tease honest churkin a who's on the ground in ferguson. mayhem and chaos continue to unravel on the streets of ferguson in the suburbs of st louis missouri for a fourth night in the world. coming out onto the streets an outrage over the death
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of eighteen year old michael brown right now the air here is filled with tension and really smells of tear gas still hours after it was fired michael brown just days away from college was shot and died multiple bullets fired at him by a local police officer bringing hundreds of people out to out onto the streets demanding justice tonight on wednesday night yet again police in riot gear clashed with protesters using tear gas and rubber bullets now the central street and ferguson is filled with scattered left overs of tear gas cannons in fact near our life position an explosion had gone off just meters away from where we were standing violence and looting began on sunday night as hundreds of protesters took out onto the streets dozens of. there was writing and of course. gas fired at these protesters we have witnessed tear gas in fact being used when
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protesters were quite peaceful when nobody really was doing anything but it seems to be a different story according to the police that have been quite heavily militarized out on the streets night after night expecting it seems the worse the local community is outraged because witnesses who say they saw exactly what happened during michael's killing report that he has he had been running away from the police car with his hands lifted up in the air showing that he was unarmed when he was killed by multiple gunshots so certainly the local community here says that is the kind of misconduct that they have seen from the police is something that they have gotten used to over the years this community ferguson in fact has a population of twenty. one thousand people two thirds of them are african american where is the ferguson police department is estimated to have only three black police officers out of fifty so the issue is certainly a huge one in these unraveling clashes and violence that have been taking place. to
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talk a little bit more about the community's reaction in the pending investigation i'm joined by our tea parties on the. so i'm sorry i know it's a little bit noisy there let me know if you need to keep myself but we just saw your report from from last night and things were looking really dicey how has ferguson been today well i mean right emotions are certainly continuing to fly high we're in the fifth day of protesting after michael brown was shot and killed saturday where right now out on the central street in ferguson where if you can see behind me there are several dozen protesters out on the street with signs cars are going by on king there is certainly a very emotional atmosphere in the air as people continue to come out onto the streets to demand justice and accountability it has to be said that violent clashes with police don't really occur until nighttime night after night when heavily
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militarized police come out onto the streets and that's when tear gas and rubber bullets begin to be used it has to be said that apart from the nighttime clashes protesters and the local community here are very respectful towards one another towards a journalist and really towards the entire situation people understand that some of the looting and bad to listen that has been taking place has not reflected too well on the message that this community is trying to send and while people don't necessarily condone some of the of the looting that has taken place there are continuing to say that desperate times unfortunately call for desperate desperate measures this community is trying to make sure that their voices of indignation and outrage are heard and one thing that's been a point of contention is the release of this officers name a lot of people in the community are demanding it any indicate. and that they planned to make that information available and are there any other states in the investigation so far well let me read curiously no it's been five days since the shooting and the death of michael brown took place and the police here locally has
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decided that it's not in the best interest of this police officer to release his identity and his name and certainly the community is very outraged about this they say whenever any type of murder occurs and the police knows who was potentially a suspect they release these names and this information in this case that has not been the case at all because they're fearing for those officers wife because of the amount of outrage that this community has been expressing over this incident in terms of the investigation we do know that of course locally there is one ongoing that the f.b.i. is conducting an investigation as well as the department of justice and of course the u.s. president has promised an independent investigation but any real specific results of that are yet to be seen now we've of course men hearing reports by journalists limited by the police and and getting the story on the ground what's been your experience reporting there so far have you had any issues well you know certainly in terms of especially in the night the areas where any clashes with police and
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fire is heavily. controlled by the police so it's hard to get into those they are we have found ways night after night to kind of infiltrate and get into the the action but certainly the line between you know journalists and chester's out on the streets has been up on race quite a bit because when tear gas is used it doesn't seem that the police make too much of an effort to make sure that you know t.v. crews are not in the way many crews here have reportedly been affected by the tear gas including ourselves last night where we certainly the tear gas was thick in the air and we were in that atmosphere certainly it's been quite an intense experience and even last night when we were going live we had an explosion go off just meters from where we were standing so it's certainly quite a volatile situation and of course we know that there been journalistic. a rusted for doing their job here so are quite quite dramatic to be reporting. and anastasio the protests haven't seemed to let up is a community expecting more commotion this evening. i mean i wish i could see
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hopefully not but unfortunately that is not really been the case as we've seen for four nights in a row up until now we'll see what i've brought us tonight people have been in fact coming out onto the streets yesterday we did see both of those but the most violent clashes dust far and it looks like this is not going to die down because of this continued issue existing and we do think that more people are going to be coming out onto the streets there have been met with riot police and certainly the trend usually is that over the weekend the numbers tend to rise so we'll have to wait and see how that unravels what will be certainly here to to report on that as a country. certainly a very active senior at r.t. correspondent on such things for that reporting thank you. and it seems it's not only the residents of ferguson who are under attack it's journalists as well two reporters covering the unrest in the city were arrested and physically assaulted by police last night those journalists were ryan reilly of the huffington post and
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wesley lowery of the washington post the two reporters had been working in a mcdonald's not too far from the scene of the incident when a swat team stormed into the restaurant and demanded that everyone immediately evacuated soon after the two journalists began recording the police activity and here's a look at some of the footage. what's going on we're going to stop videotaping autographed art of everything else in the rigidities or hurry up what you know he's going to get what you know you see where. he's going to not enough time to go and look you know you know we were down about forty five seconds until. you get on board. the words you're going to now isn't this let's go but you know john and i'm john edwards and george will is going to be like i mean this is your car for cars out here let's go that is what i was asking you not going to let you go community let's go that's when the journalists were told to stop the proceedings
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and leave right away and when they didn't the officer shabd lowery into a soda machine and slammed riley's head against a glass just before taking them into custody upon being released riley had a scuffle with the officers as he tried to find out who arrested him and why he took a look so i just want. to. play over the toast was what is there and i would really research because i'm sure we were told it was just a really give me the name of the officer i would say actually we're just kind of the officer. noticed. you walking out the door. in a separate incident a group of reporters from al jazeera america were tear gassed as they attempted to film an ongoing protest after the journalists were driven away by the gas police then moved over to al jazeera america's equipment and began tearing it down pointing those cameras toward the ground to talk about what some people are calling
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an assault on journalism i was joined earlier by georgetown university professor chris chambers and i first asked him if he thinks these incidents could have been a misunderstanding. i can't see how it could be a misunderstanding first of all this is oppression one hundred one if you want to control the narrative you control first of all the people the protesters on the ground and then you control the people who are recording what the protesters on the ground are doing just as you were you know you control say eyewitnesses who might have camera phones etc etc who were there at the point of contact between the officer and young mr brown who was apparently shot with his hands up according to all of the witnesses. and they have seized camera phones to that effect so you want to control the information want to control the narrative this is a good way to do it and what we've seen here are journalists being basically you can control the time place and manner of access to the press of
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a but that's it you know you have to have very compelling reasons to control that now if there's safety if they think the reporters are going to be attacked or they're interfering with some kind of ongoing police. investigation that kind of thing how does the reporter know you know what when is it their obligation to say ok i should turn my camera off and walk away and let the police is telling it well when you're in mcdonald's basically working on your story in a bunch of people bussed in and you're far from the from the actual action that's probably on the line of i think i'm ok right here they were not standing in front of the protesters these guys were in mcdonald's working on their story the al-jazeera crew and other t.v. crews were out there trying to you know off to the side but on a public street where they're allowed to be filming the police the police were actually shining lights on to the cameras so the cameras could not record the action i think that here you have the police the government defining basically
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basically crossing the line not the reporters crossing the line from the area and and intruding where they should not have access which again is controlled by their own safety or if they are literally in the middle of a police. and say the cops are in a shootout with somebody and somebody was a bomb or a gun and the reporters interposed themselves somehow or interfered these these reporters are not interfering and that's that have that basically a concept of interference there's no interference here it's observation and the police don't want that so i think you know i don't see how this is a blurry line or anything gray i think you can sit back and look at this and say that you know the first amendment has been violated here and probably the police the their own internal rules of the police department as they've worked out with say local press in the st louis area as worth having haven't they been trained to work or turn left don't they know what to do when encountering someone i know that
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most police forces have that you know in you know they have some sort of training they have something in their their rulebook along those lines but you know you have an extraordinary situation come up this police department is very separate from the st louis police department st louis county you know you have mostly white cops in a two thirds black community even though it's two thirds but ninety percent of the arrests the stops except for a have been on african-american citizens so this is a police department it's probably not used to dealing with the press and this sort of thing and they're not used to dealing with the press really zooming in on them you have you know alternate new sources huffington post r t al-jazeera basically aiming a beam at them they're not used to that they're used to dealing with more large corporate mainstream outlets who are just going to really just cover perhaps play by the ruling by the rule and talk to the public information officer generally say
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the local press is probably covered some officer friendly kind of events they're not used to this and they're not used to the social media coverage that especially african-americans are focused on this so that's another aspect there were social media has really focused our attention on this and we actually heard president obama speak about this very issue earlier this afternoon let's take a quick listen to what he had to say. and here in the united states of america police should not be bowling or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs and report to the american people on what they see on the ground. put simply we all need to hold ourselves to a high standard so he basically came to the defense of these journalists do you think that that was very strategic i mean do you do you think that he had to do that considering how much these protests are really asking laid out over the last six on two levels one to buttress attorney general holder's efforts in st louis county on another it's you know it's up to the media outlets themselves to go after
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the police the federal government doesn't really get involved with trying to remediate the rights of news organizations so i think it was wise for him to you know back up the attorney general's investigation and provides you know the bully pulpit for the lawyers of these news organizations we already know the washington post is a lawyer and are probably going to go after this police department so i think he's trying to provide some some some kind of support for the private efforts on that then and georgetown university professor chris chambers as always thank you so much for getting on and weighing in. a lot has happened in the five days since michael brown was shot and killed for a look at how the events in ferguson have unfolded from day one let's go to our tease military and high powered rifles flash bang grenades burning buildings a community under siege and these images behind me depict a war zone but this is actually ferguson missouri
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a midwestern town of about twenty three thousand ferguson police department a force of only fifty three unable to contain the growing chaos and rage from the community wounded by the slaying of unarmed eighteen year old michael brown in broad daylight on a sunny saturday afternoon by ferguson police. what started out as a peaceful protest quickly evolved into civil unrest looting rioting but how did we get here how did we get to this. let's start with saturday august ninth michael brown an eighteen year old boy enjoying the last summer weekend before he was set to go to college he and friend dorian johnson were just walking down the street in their hometown of ferguson headed to visit brown's grandmother a visit that never arrived around two pm brown and johnson were approached by a ferguson police officer in his cruiser who shouted at them to get off the street the two young men commented that they were just
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a few steps away from their destination and this is where the confrontation began reports are conflicting from witnesses and other officers involved but what we do know is that moments later brown was left dead with multiple bullet wounds sunday august tenth ferguson p.d. and st louis county police hold a press conference regarding the shooting with details that contradict eyewitness reports later that night vigils were held in anger a spark when the crowds learn of these discrepancies before long one hundred fifty officers arrived to the uprising but looting and vandalizing and civil. now monday august eleventh the anger and crowds grow on the streets of ferguson and a quick trip convenience store is burned to the ground and police begin to fire rounds of tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowds of protesters hundreds more take to the streets and anger spreads on social media the world now takes notice
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tuesday august twelfth the fighting and outrage catches national attention forcing president obama to make a comment as he asked enraged community for a peaceful protest the violence and heavy militarized police presence continues to grow even the f.a.a. issues this area of st louis a no fly zone following shots being fired at police choppers overhead now wednesday august thirteenth armored humvees fires bullets numerous arrests shouting clashes molotov cocktails being thrown by the protesters police they respond with rounds of rubber bullets and bean bags and large crowds are gathering most of whom were peaceful save for the few that were causing problems many. with their hands up shouting don't shoot and that leads us to today today city officials finally speak the governor of missouri jay nixon he finally says
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a few words about the incident that led to this terrible scene obama addresses the issue again so what's to come next more than forty years following the civil rights movement underlying racial tensions are bubbling to the surface and it can no longer be ignored from washington the military and r.t.e. . traditional news networks on the ground in ferguson have been able to provide some critical information to the public but it's social media that's taken a front seat in both getting the information out and helping to organize the resistance of the protesters and demonstrators in the aftermath of brown shooting we've seen everything from witnesses to citizen journalists to world observers taking to social media in order to find and share the story and with journalists now even being limited by the police it's made platforms like twitter facebook and vine all the more valuable to talk about this earlier i was joined by our two web producer injured blake and i first asked him how critical social media has been in
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galvanizing all of these protests. you know it's really weird that we're seeing this now in the united states where twitter was developed whereas several years ago this is what was happening and other parts of the world were oppressive regimes were stepping in and trying to silence people that were protesting whatever but if the government or police activity and that's why we see those oppressive regimes try to cut back on social media use with things like twitter so that we're seeing this now in the united states is i don't want to say a step backward it's something that other parts of world people are kind of laughing at us because this is like this is why twitter took off the way it did to a degree in other parts of the globe but what social media is doing more than just driving these protests social media and as we were saying earlier is actually what's what's showing the world these protests when we're living in an environment where the media isn't even going in there and isn't allowed to have their cameras right up to police officers marching down the streets with guns and tanks and stuff
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like that who else do we have left if it's a citizen journalist holding up a smartphone or with a digital camera or walking around with their i pad trying to stream something those are the people who are relaying what's happening to the rest of the world and it's very courageous of them and those people i think are doing just as much in terms of putting the rest the world in ferguson showing them what's happening is they are letting people in ferguson coordinate these activities but it is absolutely instrumental in for things like oh there's tear gas on this corner or you know you're not allowed to walk into your house if you live on that side of the street social media if you're on the ground in ferguson is doing an instrumental job and actually just keeping people safe it has certainly been instrumental in it harkens back to the occupy protests i would i would say we've seen a lot of hot hashtags launched as a result of this many of them sort of racially motivated dealing with the issue of race can you talk about what's out there well i mean this is something that we've.
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seen for the last couple of years where. it's really unfortunate this. keeps happening where there's a young black kid who's who's now dead because someone else did something stupid and whatever way the media chooses to portray it we're often unfortunately see this in a negative light and so that did spawn a couple hashtags in particular there's one that started all over the internet this week hashtag if they gunned me down i believe it was people trying to say well you know if that was me out there if that was me lying around lifeless on the street what picture would they play of me on the news the next day when they're trying to justify it when they're trying to protect the police and say that oh you know everything here you know that it's who that person was so we saw that one we actually saw people with the hashtag don't shoot don't shoot me which you really shouldn't have to advertise on the internet or with a sign or a hashtag or you really should never actually ever have to tell a police officer don't shoot me because they're there to protect the usually the action associated with that is you know putting your hands up and you say don't
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shoot and i think we see a lot of people in the protest doing that right they've been walking down the street with their arms up so you know well it's without it would really comes down to is a misery is not prepared for a protest like this and they're certainly not prepared for the response that's happened on the internet absolutely and i have only thirty seconds left but on line hackers have been really instrumental to you can you talk really quickly about that will a couple different factions of the activists collective anonymous have been targeting various law enforcement entities do you know it's really weird to characterize any sort of attack on any sort of particular group because the case of anonymous is this is a morph is internationally dispersed collective anyone can take claim for anything but. they are without a doubt people are targeting law enforcement websites or trying to take them down by sending them illegitimate traffic crippling websites i've been told that you know they're actively trying to disclose information about private officials in order to bring that information to light but that's something that perhaps maybe
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the police should do. definitely hacktivism at its best and you're blake artie's web producer thank you so much for coming on. stay with our team for more coverage on the ferguson shooting and protests will continue bringing you the details throughout the week. we're currently in ferguson where tensions have high ever since saturday when eighteen year old michael ground was killed by multiple shots but. you just still can see right. here fired tear gas. to be clear ok here's the using a young lady should be told. to do it. you can also get updates from r.t. on facebook and twitter. right now we're following a developing story from iraq iraqi state television says prime minister nouri al maliki has stepped down from office he has given up his post to hide or body iraq's
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new president for the most soon nominated l.-a body on monday to form the next government but he had refused up until now to step aside is due to make a statement later today and that does it for now for more on the stories we covered go to you tube dot com slash r t america check out our website r t dot com slash usa you can also follow me on twitter and amir a david. martin the stories we cover here you're not going to hear any right that are fixed or the day after that white paper talk there's a reason they don't want you to have aren't there a lot phrase that you don't think we know let's break the set.
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i'm not sure exactly when the us decided to play the role of captain hero who comes sweeping in when terrible genocides are happening around the world but let's be real here it's a line of crap the us actually sucks at stopping genocide and it only intervenes when it has something to gain foreign policy magazine just did a great piece outlining the history of american intervention into global genocides called the big lie americans tell themselves and the facts speak for themselves this is how it breaks it down in the eight hundred eighty s. the us supported belgium his claim on the congo which resulted in the murder of millions of congolese teddy roosevelt president at the time said intervention would be imbecile over the early part of the twentieth century the us did nothing to stop
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japan killing everyone in east asia turkey's genocide in armenia or the large scale killing of people in places like southeast asia by european colonisers and don't try to points to the us as role in ending hitler's horrible genocide because it was hitler who declared war on the us not the other way around everyone likes to forget that the us is humanitarian intentions were an afterthought richard nixon and henry kissinger supported pakistan's ethnic cleansing in east pakistan in the early seventy's where at least three hundred thousand people died and when the largest genocide in the twentieth century happened in cambodia in the seventy's by the khmer rouge which led to the deaths of millions the us did not. it was more interested in playing political games with russian the chinese the foreign policy article calls that inaction a morally indefensible stance when saddam was killing hundreds of thousands of
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kurds in the eighty's the us didn't even bother to impose sanctions half a million killed in rwanda in the ninety's the us didn't even blink so let's get one thing straight stopping genocide is not a core interest of the us nor has it ever been so if we should stop trying to sell everyone that line of crap all of our stupid kids crying save our girls or saved our fur or embracing what the us needs to do in syria etc etc they all just need to stop it specially because all it does is give persecuted people a false hope that something cam didn't hero is going to charge out of the us to save them the reality is that's not going to happen unless those persecuted people happen to be sitting on a pile of money or oil or an area of political interest tonight let's talk about that by fire.

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