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Two Officers Were Shot During Protests in Ferguson Last Night

Two police officers were shot last night in Ferguson—one in the shoulder, the other in the face. The shooting happened around midnight, after protestors had gathered near the police station. No shooter has been identified, and St. Louis County Police Department Chief Jon Belmar told reporters, “I don’t know who did the shooting to be honest with you right now, but somehow they were embedded in that group of folks.” Other eyewitnesses said the shooter had been hiding on a hill, removed from the rest of the crowd.

The demonstration came a few hours after Police Chief Tom Jackson became the third high-ranking local official to issue a resignation following a scathing report from the Department of Justice that identified a pattern of racial discrimination among law enforcement in Ferguson.

Though no official update has been given about the two officers, St. Louis Post-Dispatch crime reporter Christine Byers tweeted that both are expected to survive, but the chief told the paper that the injuries are “very serious.” Belmar also said he believes that officers were targeted by the shooter. Neither of the two officers who were shot were members of the Ferguson police department—one works for the St. Louis County Police Department, the other the Webster Groves Police Department …

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