Police in Ferguson cracked down on protesters with SWAT teams marching down W. Florissant Avenue, ordering people to leave the area and firing tear gas onto the streets. Police even fired tear gas into the backyard of a home where several people held their “hands up” to protest for Michael Brown — and Daily RFT caught it on video.
The incident occurred after police had already evacuated nearly everybody on W. Florissant Ave. Between tear gas firings, a police officer bellowed “Go home” into a loudspeaker. It took about an hour, but nearly everybody left the streets close to police presence.
Standing in his backyard was 24-year-old Rich West, along with a few friends and family — about five people altogether. And after seeing the police march down the empty street after deploying tear gas for the past hour, they felt like protesting.
"You go home! You go home!" they chant. As the police come closer, they all put their hands up.
Once again, the police officer with the megaphone orders the protesters to go home.
"We’re in our yard!" they respond.
West walks to his fence with his hands high up in the air.
"This my property! This my property!" he shouts — and then police fire a tear gas canister directly at his face. He moves at the last second. It barely misses his face.
West is irate. “This my shit!” he screams repeatedly, stomping around the yard. A friend grabs him and pulls him back to calm him down.
"This is my backyard! This is my shit!" West shouts into the camera. He turns to the police: "Y’all go the fuck home!"