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    Black Lives Matter protests (2014)

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    Ferguson protests near escalation


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Photographer Chris Renteria has been observing and photographing the Ferguson, Missouri, protests since Monday. He lives in the nearby suburb of University City. Renteria observed that the protests in Ferguson on Monday were peaceful and largely organized. But when the majority of the protesters marched on, there were younger demonstrators who would stick behind. That’s when he said he saw police interacting with the protesters and making arrests. “The nation of Islam is there and other civic leaders and then behind them an enormous amount of protesters marching. It was pretty intense,” he said. “[Police] were head-to-toe in gear.” Read our full Ferguson coverage here.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Monday August 11th saw and the second day of protests in the city of Ferguson, MO.; a small suburb located just minutes from Saint Louis City.

    Protesters gathered at the Ferguson fire-police headquarters to voice their concerns about overly aggressive policing in nearby neighborhoods. Monday's protests come on the heels of the tragic shooting of Ferguson teen Michael Brown.

    Civic leaders led the peacful march and protest for just over an hour. Tensions reached their highest as county police and protesters stood chest to chest just within a few feet. County, state and city police were dressed head to toe in riot gear- armed with large battalions, clubs and automatic rifles. K9 units were nearby but no dogs were present at anytime during the march. The sounds of police helicopters circling over head were drowned out by the chance of "Hands up - Don't shoot" and "We want justice now".

    After leaders moved to another location to protest a few protesters remained to continue. The young men and woman who remained and continued to protest were advanced upon by police in riot gear.. The aggressive maneuver by the police landed several arrests as protesters refused to be muted in their protests.
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