Police ordered to give advance warnings before releasing tear gas during protests


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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Civil rights attorneys won a partial temporary restraining order Thursday night over the use of tear gas by police. U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson ruled from the bench after a day of testimony from protestors, a legal observer and police. She said police need to issue a warning to demonstrators prior to releasing tear gas, give them directions to leave safely and allow a reasonable time to leave the area.

This comes in the wake of police response to demonstrations on November 24th. The protests followed the public release of the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown shooting investigation. That night multiple arson fires destroyed businesses in Ferguson. Looting occurred, windows were broken and police reported numerous shots fired both in Ferguson and along South Grand in St. Louis City.

Police used smoke and tear gas to disperse crowds they said…

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