The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a no-fly zone over the town of Ferguson, Missouri amid civil unrest that erupted after an 18-year-old unarmed African-American teenager Mike Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.
Although it's unclear what led to the shooting, the black community of the suburban St. Louis neighborhood alleges that the teenager’s death was a result of racist violence.
Dozens of protestors took to the streets on Sunday while many others expressed their outrage on social media platforms against the police officer who shot the unarmed teenager.
However, a few hours into the demonstrations, reports of looting and vandalism started to emerge after thousands of people had packed St. Louis at a vigil for Mike Brown.
Following the clashes between the rioters and police officials, FAA stated on its website that the no-fly zone decision is “to provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities.”
The order forbids all low-flying planes, helicopters, etc. from entering that airspace which extends to 3,000 feet over the town north of St. Louis, which will consequently block aerial press coverage of the situation.
Keeping the FAA move into consideration, it seems the movement demanding a fair trial for Mike Brown has been hijacked by some opportunist vandals.
President Obama issued an official statement on the police shooting and urged calm in the wake of protests and riots spreading around the neighborhood.
“I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds,” Obama stated.
MSNBC host Al Sharpton reiterated the same point after he met with the slain teen’s family.
“No one has the right to take their child’s name and drag it through the mud because you’re angry,” Sharpton said.
“To become violent in Michael Brown’s name is to betray the gentle giant that he was.”
Following are a few disturbing images from Ferguson riots that show how Brown’s hometown has been turned into a war zone.
Video below shows riot police in Ferguson firing tear gas directly into the backyard where a small group of protesters held their "hands up" to protest the killing Brown’s killing.