Monday’s protests in Ferguson began peaceful. But that was short-lived as chaos ensued after police fired tear gas and stun grenades at demonstrators.
The police’s use of such force has drawn much criticism. CNN Anchor Rosemary Church suggested an alternative method police should use to control the crowd- water cannons.
“Why are you using this strategy? Why the use of tear gas? Stun grenades? Why not perhaps use water cannons?” Church asked. “At least it’s not going to have the same kind of effect. Maybe something that targets this small group.”
The use of water cannons would undeniably draw more criticism. The Ferguson protests have already drawn comparisons to the Birmingham marches of the 60s. Birmingham Police drew notoriety for using high-pressure water jets from fire hoses on protesters.
The protests in Ferguson are now entering its twelfth day. The National Guard is now working with Missouri State Highway Patrol to control protests.
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