You Know Things Are Bad When Amnesty International Sends A Delegation To Ferguson

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August 18, 2014: Another reason Ferguson qualifies as a war zone.

After Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon issued a local state of emergency and put a nighttime curfew in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday, peaceful protests continued against the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown.

However, things flared up once again after a preliminary, independent autopsy report obtained by the New York Times was published, revealing a police officer named Darren Wilson shot the unarmed African-American teen six times.

In addition, an increasingly militarized police force did nothing to ease the tensions that escalated to such an extent that global human rights organization Amnesty International had to send a delegation to the United States for the first time since its inception in 1961.

Amnesty’s executive director in the U.S., Steven W. Hawkins, issued the following statement after sending a 13-person team to Ferguson.

“We criticize dictators for quelling dissent and silencing protesters with tactics like curfews; we’ll certainly speak out when it’s happening in our own backyard,” he said. “The people of Ferguson have the right to protest peacefully the lack of accountability for Michael Brown’s shooting.”

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Amnesty’s “unprecedented” deployment became all the more important after the Federal Aviation Administration issued a no-fly zones over Ferguson on Tuesday.

The city turned into a battle zone once again as multiple gunshots and dozens of tear gas canisters were fired toward protesters.

At least one person, a woman, reportedly suffered a gunshot wound and was taken to a hospital.

Here are some of the most recent images from the troubled area:

Police threaten reporters covering protests:

8-year-old hit with tear gas:

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"Get the f*** out of here or you're getting shot with this"

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