Almost every night since Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on August 9, the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, have been mired in chaos and confusion. Whether it's accusations of police overreacting to a crowd of protesters or agitators trying to take advantage of the situation to loot and antagonize police, there's a lot going on — and a lot of conflicting reports.
If you want to stay up-to-date with all the events from day to day, Vox's Twitter list is a great place to start for news, analysis, and first-person reports. Subscribe to the list, and follow the journalists, activists, and protesters involved.
1) Antonio French
St. Louis alderman.
That's me in the cloud of tear gas tweeting in #Ferguson. pic.twitter.com/9fMCdRGQYX— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 12, 2014
2) Jon Swaine
Reporter, the Guardian.
Secondary standoff near the QuikTrip – maybe 500m north of where all the TV cameras are pic.twitter.com/0bqmPbtkqg— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) August 19, 2014
3) Ryan Reilly
Reporter, the Huffington Post.
A bunch of reporters talking with gas masks on. #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/IQTCWF1c30— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 19, 2014
4) Amanda Terkel
Reporter, the Huffington Post.
Incredible amount of self-policing by protesters telling each other to disperse and calm down #Ferguson— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) August 19, 2014
5) Ashley Yates
If you are still in and in Canfield, LEAVE. WE WILL BE BACK TOMORROW. BUT YOU MUST LIVE TO FIGHT.— BrownBlaze (@brownblaze) August 19, 2014
6) Elon James White
Host, This Week in Blackness.
Here is the clip from tonight's live broadcast when the police gassed a residential block in #Ferguson. https://t.co/MZ7QnQyxiN #TWIBnation— Elon James White (@elonjames) August 19, 2014
7) Yamiche Alcindor
Reporter, USA Today.
Protesters refusing to leave as police say everyone but media must leave https://t.co/MeEDwBoiqh— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 19, 2014
8) Wesley Lowery
Reporter, the Washington Post.
Entire residential section of ferguson is one ways and cul de sacs. Almost impossible to navigate. One reason "disperse, go home" is so hard— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 19, 2014
9) Matt Pearce
Reporter, Los Angeles Times.
Just saw at least two arrests in front of McDonald's, cops shouting at a crowd "KEEP MOVING!" pic.twitter.com/GhC4TS6Jad— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) August 18, 2014
10) Brittany Noble
Violence started earlier tonight in #Ferguson began about 8:30 well before the governors midnight curfew @kmov is live now!— Brittany Noble KMOV (@BrittanyNoble) August 18, 2014
11) Laura Hettiger
Capt. Johnson commented on how some are critical of them using #SWAT Gear. He said it was needed overnight to get shooting victim #Ferguson— Laura Hettiger KMOV (@LauraKHettiger) August 19, 2014
12) Trymaine Lee
Trucks roll up. "Mask Up!" "Get back!" pic.twitter.com/jMRwKZaoDo— Trymaine Lee (@trymainelee) August 19, 2014
13) Amanda Sakuma
Car driver offered to give a ride home to remaining protesters. Police stopped the car, guns drawn pic.twitter.com/lK6a3LiJ4L— Amanda M. Sakuma (@iamsakuma) August 19, 2014
14) Chris Hayes
Riot cop to me just a few minutes ago: "Get back! Or next time you're gonna be the one maced."— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) August 18, 2014
15) Tim Pool
Multimedia journalist, VICE News.
Earlier tonight an officer ripped my Press patch from my vest in #Ferguson http://t.co/3FOSQ4v5jC— Tim Pool (@Timcast) August 19, 2014
16) Alice Speri
Reporter, VICE News.
Hanging out at a safe space run by volunteers, where people can find food, a place to sleep & someone who won't point guns at them #Ferguson— Alice Speri (@alicesperi) August 19, 2014
17) Shaun King
Let me get this straight. Mike Brown smoked weed, had on socks/sandals, shorts w/ no belt, weighed 295 pounds, ran 35 feet THEN charged him?— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 19, 2014
18) Alan Blinder
Reporter, New York Times.
There's no curfew in #Ferguson tonight, but the police are ordering people from the streets.— Alan Blinder (@alanblinder) August 19, 2014
19) Ben Kesling
Reporter, Wall Street Journal.
Police-fired tear gas returned by a protester in #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/G0jFvHK6ez— Ben Kesling (@bkesling) August 19, 2014
20) Gene Demby
The folks walking around with signs on Florissant earlier in the day are not necessarily the same folks who are out as it gets darker.— Gene Demby (@GeeDee215) August 19, 2014
21) Rembert Browne
They said it suddenly got "unpeaceful." I was in the first two rows. Didn't see that shit. Only heard stuff suddenly firing off.— Rembert Browne (@rembert) August 14, 2014
22) Stephanie Diffin
Multimedia journalist, KSDK.
Spoke with an officer today who says she wears the shield and protective gear because she is holding the line, and she is a mom #MikeBrown— Stephanie Diffin (@DiffinKSDK) August 18, 2014
23) John Kelly
Photographer and editor, KSDK.
More police in riot gear join the front lines in #ferguson https://t.co/p9XMwC1JKD— John Kelly (@JohnKellyKSDK) August 18, 2014
24) Rob Edwards
Capt. Ron Johnson: "We will not allow vandals, criminal elements to impact the safety and security of this community." #Ferguson— Rob Edwards (@RobertDEdwards) August 18, 2014
25) Tef Poe
Local rapper and protester.
The utilities we use in the field https://t.co/4YeGArGsZR— Tef Poe/FootKlan (@TefPoe) August 19, 2014
26) Shimon Prokupecz
DO NOT ENTER sign pointed right at the police #ferguson pic.twitter.com/YRprpVaL6E— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) August 19, 2014
27) David Carson
Photographer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
#Ferguson 12 people just arrested in truck at Canfield, two pistols on arrestees & big Molotov cocktail found in bed of truck— David Carson (@PDPJ) August 19, 2014
28) Paul Hampel
Reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
#MikeMike STL County prosecutor Bob McCulloch called me. Said Nixon replacing Chief Belmar with HWP Capt Johnson was illegal, disgraceful.— Paul Hampel (@phampel) August 15, 2014
29) Ray Downs
Reporter, Riverfront Times.
Meet Alfred. No gun, but whole truck of SWAT police surrounded him. "I don't have the spirit of fear, brother." pic.twitter.com/QXZGApIICN— Ray Downs (@RayDowns) August 19, 2014
30) Akilah Johnson
Reporter, Boston Globe.
"MSNBC turn off those lights. You are endangering lives. You are spotlighting our officers," cop with loud speaker. #Ferguson— Akilah Johnson (@akjohnson1922) August 19, 2014
31) Joel Anderson
The problem is, for those who want to go home, and don't live nearby, there's really not much of a way to make that happen. #Ferguson — Joel D. Anderson (@blackink12) August 19, 2014
32) Errin Whack
Talked to Daryl Parks after prelim autopsy results were reported. He says findings suggest #MikeBrown was surrendering when he was shot.— errin haines whack (@emarvelous) August 18, 2014
33) Robert Klemko
Reporter, Sports Illustrated.
Police are apparently squeezing protestors in Florissant bottleneck. Again, we are not being allowed to document actions.— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) August 19, 2014
34) Rob Crilly
Reporter, the Daily Telegraph.
Police pointed weapon and me and Capt Johnson has threatened me with arrest. He has called squad car. V jumpy— Rob Crilly (@robcrilly) August 18, 2014
35) Neil Munshi
Reporter, Financial Times.
#ferguson. Media pen https://t.co/MeqwtIwdor— neiL Munshi (@neiLmunshi) August 19, 2014
36) Jamelle Bouie
This has been the consistent pattern. Unilateral police escalation prompts minor response from more volatile elements, justifying crackdown.— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) August 19, 2014
37) Jelani Cobb
Historian and contributor to the New Yorker.
For people who saw the Zimmerman verdict, it's a very hard sell that the legal system is capable of delivering justice in #Ferguson— jelani cobb (@jelani9) August 19, 2014
To learn more about the protests in Ferguson, read the full explainer, Vox's timeline, and watch the two-minute video below: