Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Ferguson, revisited.

By now you’ve seen a million photos from Ferguson. Most of them are more dramatic, emotive, profound, or better-toned than these. Many of us rushed to Florissant Ave. with our body armor, gas masks, and kevlar helmets…but none of us had all the facts. Yes, this is the nature of breaking news, but the story in Ferguson fit the narrative perfectly. It affirmed the presuppositions of so many. I sometimes fear the media horde that descended upon Ferguson did more harm than good. But at the end of the day, I’m just a lowly freelancer, and I don’t have the answer. Hopefully it can be said that I didn’t take sides, I took pictures.

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Surrounded by dozens and dozens of media, Officers from the St. Louis County Police tactical unit detain an unruly demonstrator during a protest over the police shooting death of teenager Michael Brown earlier in the week in Ferguson, Missouri, U.S. on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Despite making several arrests police forces did not deploy tear gas as in nights past. Luke Sharrett for Bloomberg News
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A cable news camera man trains his television camera on demonstrators from inside a fenced-in compound in Ferguson, Missouri, U.S. on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

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Members of the St. Louis County Police tactical unit staged in front of a carwash in anticipation of another rowdy night from a handful of demonstrators who were protesting the police shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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The McDonald’s Restaurant on Florissant Ave. was a target of vandals shortly after Michael Brown's death. The Burger King next-door to the police staging area however, fared better.

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Anti-police graffiti is seen scrawled on a sign along the Canfield Drive where Michael Brown was killed earlier this month in a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, U.S. on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson earlier in the day meeting with law enforcement and community leaders to discuss the FBI investigation into the August ninth death of Brown.

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A St. Louis County Police tactical unit parked their armored car down the block from a gaggle of media and demonstrators protesting the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson poses for a photo with demonstrators along Florissant Ave. in Ferguson, Mo.

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Pastor Theodore MacFarland of Dayton, Ohio and his two sons Titus and Timmy raise their hands in a show of support for Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

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A pedestrian walks by businesses boarded up in response to rioting and looting which occurred earlier in the week during a protest against the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, U.S.

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Demonstrator Louis Morris of St Louis, Missouri sits in his car with a sign denouncing Darren Wilson, the law enforcement officer involved in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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A demonstrator knelt and yelled “Hands up, don't shoot" next to a group of disinterested S.W.A.T. officers in Ferguson on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. A Department of Justice report released months later disputed the claim that Michael Brown raised his hands in surrender during the altercation as some had claimed.

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Destini Lewis, 7, of Ferguson, Missouri hugs Missouri State Trooper C.D. Primm after giving him a drawing she made at a protest against the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, U.S. on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

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A demonstrator shook the hands of law enforcement officers and thanked them for their presence at a protest in Ferguson on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

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St. Louis County Police officers detain a man protesting the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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An "I Love Ferguson" sign stood along W. Florissant Ave. near the spot where Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri.

**Photos copyright Bloomberg News**

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