It has been five days since Michael Brown, an unarmed black youth, was gunned down by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri sparking a string of protests. In those few days a suburb of a major American city, St. Louis, has been transformed into a scene that could easily be mistaken for one in war torn Iraq, Syria or the Gaza Strip.
Clouds of tear gas hang in the air, fires are seen everywhere and large groups of protesters defiantly stand before the militarized police lines with hands raised high above their heads — an imitation of the position witnesses say Michael Brown was in when he was shot several times in the head and chest on Saturday.
Looking at these photos we can only shake our heads in disbelief and ask how this could happen in our country.
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) August 14, 2014
Here is gas fired moments ago: pic.twitter.com/y5CJlEHcJw
— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) August 14, 2014
— m_x (@soit_goes) August 14, 2014
— David Carson (@PDPJ) August 14, 2014
h/t: Business Insider