1 Shot, 7 Arrested, During Ferguson Curfew Enforcement Showdown Sunday Morning


Police and protesters clashed again Sunday morning in Ferguson, Missouri as  officers attempted to enforce a curfew that took effect at midnight. Seven people were arrested and one person was shot, reports numerous media outlets.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald Johnson said the person shot is in critical condition, but he couldn’t confirm whether the shooting victim was a protester.

The shooting happened on West Florissant Avenue, one of the main thoroughfares in Ferguson and the scene of protests for the last week, said Johnson, who is in charge of security in Ferguson.

Meanwhile, seven people were arrested overnight and will face charges of failure to disperse. Early Sunday, members of the media were ordered to remain in the parking lot of the Ferguson Market or risk arrest.

The curfew, put in place by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon who announced a state of emergency, was designed to quell ongoing unrest in the St. Louis suburb since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old who was killed Aug. 9. The curfew expired at 5 a.m. local time.

Crowds had dwindled significantly leading up to the curfew, but remaining protesters — chanting “No justice! No curfew!” — refused to leave the area. Some stood with their hands up, the emblematic pose used by many protesters to characterize the position witness have said Brown had assumed when he was fatally shot.

Raw coverage from VICE News from before and after the curfew: