RT America -- August 14, 2014
Ferguson, MO erupted once again Wednesday night as police used tear gas and rubber bullets to confront both protesters and journalists. The clashes stem from the Saturday killing of unarmed 18-year-old African American teen Michael Brown, and have steadily escalated as anger in the predominantly minority community refuses to subside over what residents feel is unjust use of force by police. RT’s Anastasia Churkina provides an on the ground update from Ferguson.
Social media is besting traditional media in covering the unrest in Ferguson, MO. Once used to fuel protests in Egypt and other non-Western countries, Twitter is now finding its place amongst American protesters and ordinary citizens seeking to create change. As the confrontations between police, protesters and even journalists continue, citizen-powered media is providing a unique perspective and way for activists to rally. Ameera David speaks with RT Web Producer Andrew Blake to learn more about the roles social media and hacktivists are playing in Ferguson.