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USA: Ferguson police failing to answer 911 calls, officials admit01:18

USA: Ferguson police failing to answer 911 calls, officials admit

United States, Ferguson
August 16, 2014 at 04:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

Emergency services in Ferguson have been unable to respond to all 911 calls due to ongoing unrest triggered by the August 9 shooting of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown, Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ronald S. Johnson admitted at a tense press conference on Saturday. Johnson added that a curfew that will begin at midnight local time (0500 GMT) and last until 5 a.m. (1000 GMT) should help emergency services to respond.

Also at the press conference, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon dodged a question as to whether the media would be allowed on the streets to cover events during the curfew. He added that the media plays "a role in helping here," before stating that the current situation in Ferguson is "not normal."

Nixon's announcement of a state of emergency and the imposition of a curfew follows the deployment of tear gas by security forces in armoured trucks late on Friday to disperse crowds. Protesters had gathered in front of the Quiktrip convenience store on the corner of West Florissant Avenue where they were met with police officers dressed in MARPAT camouflage, body armour and ballistic helmets.

The heavily-militarised police squads currently patrolling Ferguson are armed with pistols, short-barrelled 5.56-mm assault rifles with several magazines capable of holding 30 rounds each. Also deployed are Lenco Bearcat armoured vehicles, capable of carrying up to ten officers and featuring equipped with M60, 240B and Mark 19 weapons systems.

Racial tensions remain high in Ferguson one week after the fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year-old African-American Michael Brown. Just three of the Ferguson Police Department's 53 members are African-American, while according to U.S. Census statistics, nearly 70 percent of Ferguson's 21,000 population are of Afro-American descent.

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Emergency services in Ferguson have been unable to respond to all 911 calls due to ongoing unrest triggered by the August 9 shooting of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown, Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ronald S. Johnson admitted at a tense press conference on Saturday. Johnson added that a curfew that will begin at midnight local time (0500 GMT) and last until 5 a.m. (1000 GMT) should help emergency services to respond.

Also at the press conference, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon dodged a question as to whether the media would be allowed on the streets to cover events during the curfew. He added that the media plays "a role in helping here," before stating that the current situation in Ferguson is "not normal."

Nixon's announcement of a state of emergency and the imposition of a curfew follows the deployment of tear gas by security forces in armoured trucks late on Friday to disperse crowds. Protesters had gathered in front of the Quiktrip convenience store on the corner of West Florissant Avenue where they were met with police officers dressed in MARPAT camouflage, body armour and ballistic helmets.

The heavily-militarised police squads currently patrolling Ferguson are armed with pistols, short-barrelled 5.56-mm assault rifles with several magazines capable of holding 30 rounds each. Also deployed are Lenco Bearcat armoured vehicles, capable of carrying up to ten officers and featuring equipped with M60, 240B and Mark 19 weapons systems.

Racial tensions remain high in Ferguson one week after the fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year-old African-American Michael Brown. Just three of the Ferguson Police Department's 53 members are African-American, while according to U.S. Census statistics, nearly 70 percent of Ferguson's 21,000 population are of Afro-American descent.

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