Photos: Ferguson, Missouri, Endures Pitched Battles Between Police And Protestors Over Michael Brown Debacle

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ferguson-missouriHeavily armed SWAT police trained their guns on the public and fired tear gas in Ferguson, Missouri, as racial unrest over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen rocked the St. Louis suburb.

An estimated 500 people, who had been protesting 18-year-old Michael Brown’s death on Shabbos ignored the night curfew imposed by police and instead faced-off against officers chanting ‘Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!’

After repeatedly asking them to disperse, the riot police then fired tear gas into the crowd to break it up, causing scenes that resembled a war zone as another night of clashes was sparked between authorities and furious protestors.

The protestors that remained entered into pitched street battles with police and lobbed Molotov cocktails at the camouflage-clad officers who responded with more tears gas and smoke bombs although there were no immediate reports of injuries but at least 18 arrests.

Returning fire: A protester throws back a smoke bomb while clashing with police in Ferguson, Missouri, as clashes entered their fourth night running+56

Returning fire: A protester throws back a smoke bomb while clashing with police in Ferguson, Missouri, as clashes entered their fourth night running

Flash bang: An explosive device deployed by police goes off in the street as police and protesters clash in Ferguson+56

Flash bang: An explosive device deployed by police goes off in the street as police and protesters clash in Ferguson

Cover: A protester takes shelter from smoke billowing around him on Wednesday during another night of chaos in Ferguson+56

Cover: A protester takes shelter from smoke billowing around him on Wednesday during another night of chaos in Ferguson

Prepared: Riot police clear a street with smoke bombs while clashing with demonstrators+56

Prepared: Riot police clear a street with smoke bombs while clashing with demonstrators

Deadly attempt: Protesters try unsuccessfully to light a Molotov cocktail on Wednesday night after protests against the shooting of Michael Brown turned violent+

Masked and armed: Demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown clash with police in Ferguson, Missouri+56Masked and armed: Demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown clash with police in Ferguson, Missouri+56

Masked and armed: Demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown and clash with police in Ferguson, Missouri

Tear gas: Demonstrators make their point while others scramble for cover as police fire tear gas on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri+56Tear gas: Demonstrators make their point while others scramble for cover as police fire tear gas on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri+56

Police surround and detain two people in a car during the violent clashes that broke out between police and protestors on Wednesday+56

An Al Jazeera television crew, covering demonstrators protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, scramble for cover as police fire tear gas into their reporting position+56

Leaving: A young woman walks away after police standing near the corner fired tear gas at her+56

Fight: Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, is experiencing its fourth day of violent protests since the killing of Michael Brown on Saturday+56

Forward: Riot police clear a street after they fired several rounds of tear gas to disperse protesters late on Wednesday+56

Military-esque: Riot police take cover as they clear a street of demonstrators in Ferguson+56

Demonstrators, protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, scramble for cover as police fire tear gas on Wednesday night+56

Systematic: Police officers work their way north on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, clearing the road with the use of tear gas and smoke bombs on Wednesday+56

No backing down: People protest as tear gas canisters detonate around them as SWAT teams attempted to disperse the crowd of protestors on Wednesday night+56

Run: Demonstrators, protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, flee as police shoot tear gas into the crowd of several hundred after someone reportedly threw a bottle at the line of police+56

Street by street: Riot police stand guard as they clear a street after clashes with protestors in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday+56

Engulfed: A combination photograph shows in sequence a protester throwing back a smoke bomb while clashing with police+56

The Daily Mail

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