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breaking news overnight. violence in the streets of ferguson, missouri. tear gas, molotov cocktails and gunfire. protesters furious over the police shooting of michael brown. the national guard, the national guard being deployed to the area. the latest over night and the details we have learned about how he died. we are live where the city is under a curfew. good morning. i'm christine romans. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. we welcome viewers here in the u.s. and around the world. let's begin with the breaking
news. another night of chaos in ferguson, missouri. hours before a curfew that is now in effect. tear gas, smoke canisters, rubber bullets used to disperse a crowd that encroached on a command post. molotov cocktails, bottles were thrown at them. gunshots were fired. now, we are learning the results of a private autopsy that was requested by the brown family. it found michael brown was shot six times, twice in the head, four times in the right arm. let's go live to ferguson. ed, this was another very tense night and police say that this was not civil disobedience, this was aggression toward police.
>> reporter: yeah, they are saying it was a pre-planned event. that is part of the frustration. a lot of the people involved in causing the chaos and the violence here are not necessarily people from ferguson, but outside agitators. this was preplanned. it all fell apart and deteriorated quickly in a stretch of 45 minutes, starting at 8:30 central time last night. that is when shots were heard. two civilians were wounded and then a line of protesters started coming toward where we are. this is the command center for the police structure here in ferguson, which is probably a half mile away from where we have seen the most intense protesting and most of the violence over the course of the last week. at that point, police here say that people with several molotov
cocktails were thrown toward the police lines and they had to escalate their response back to the protesters. the problem, really last night is a lot of people, the agitators and police say it's a small number of them. they were mixed in with the hundreds, several hundreds that had come out last night to protest peacefully. in that crowd, there were families with children and the tear gas was deployed. the man who has been for the last four years in charge of security, was quickly a beloved figure in the community say the police had no option but to ramp up their escalation. listen to what he said a short while ago. >> there were reports of molotov cocktails being thrown. police were shot at.
makeshift barricades were set up to block police. bottles and rockets were thrown at police. based on these conditions, i had no alternative but to elevate the level of our response. for those who claim that the curfew is what led to tonight's violence, i will remind you, it was this incident began before 8:30. three and a half hours before the curfew was to have started last night. >> we got to the shopping mall, they started throwing tear gas and smoke bombs, lots of them. >> we were trying to run away. >> they told us to evacuate. a young lady got hurt. it's unacceptable. not just one, many. we were peaceful.
we were peaceful. >> christine and steve, steve is joining us. you were caught in the middle of that. what stood out to you the most? >> how the tear gas and smoke canisters were being fired in all directions as the crowd of protesters were retreating back into the business district in ferguson. we had seen these people march out in peaceful protest knowing there were families with little children in the crowd. that's what i was thinking, they were firing tear gas on a crowd that, while they say there were molotov cocktails thrown at them, there were children amongst the people as they were retreating. >> it's a horrible situation, anyway you look at this. the national guard is coming in. we are interested to see how quickly they get here. when you talk to people last night, did you get any sense that they were angry about the way this was handled or do they
realize what situation the police were in last night? >> the people who live in that part of ferguson want their community to be protected, first and foremost. they want their businesses to be protected. they also want to have the right to demonstrate peacefully and do it in the community, at least the ones we spoke to. there were people coming in from outside the community. we heard the gunshots last night. we were in a location, one of the locations that captain johnson talked about where a shooting took place. we were there, a few dozen feet away. a crew member saw the muzzle flashes from the gunfire. so we know there are some people coming into these demonstrations with weapons. >> reporter: some of the shots were fired directly at them. >> right. >> reporter: two of the people wounded were civilians, not shot
by police. make it clear, it is other people shooting in the crowd. the news of the national guard coming in. you have been out there for us over the past week. how do you think that news will be received when people wake up today? >> it depends on the individual. we have spoken to community members that want their neighborhood -- >> looks like we lost our signal. steve was telling us he was in the crowd with the protesters last night and our cnn crew did witness people in the crowd shooting at police. shooting at police. molotov cocktails, bottles thrown at police, the police escalating their response to the crowds and firing tear gas, according to our team, shooting tear gas canisters into the crowd, a crowd that contained children. you can imagine how terrifying it can be for people going with their kids to try to protest.
you have elements in the crowd shooting at police. really dangerous situation a week after the police shooting of michael brown, an unarmed 18-year-old young man. missouri's governor taking action to keep the peace in ferguson. he's deploying the national guard in the wake of the protest. these violent acts are a disturbance to the family of michael brown and his memory. the new chaos in ferguson is being felt hard for the man leading the policery response. cnns don lemon is looking at that. >> reporter: overnight here in ferguson, missouri, this is what you see. a very heavy police presence. this is a hot zone here. it's from west forest all the way down to the command center,
the command center where chief ron johnson held a press conference, sounding tired, frustrated. he's exhausted and embarrassed. he is the man they put in charge because they believed he related to the community, he comes from the community. he's used to police profiling and discriminating. now, a few bad actors made it worse for him. he took the large tactical units off the street. he didn't want people pointing guns in people's faces. now he has to go back to that. it's not only embarrassing for him, but the family of michael brown as well. a few bad actors taking the focus of what it should be, a police force that doesn't necessarily relate to the people it is serving and protecting and off a young man who was gunned down in the middle of the street. don lemon, cnn, ferguson,
missouri. >> thanks, don lemon. we are going to follow the breaking developments on the streets of ferguson, missouri. now to iraq. a battle for a strategic dam that powers much of the country. the u.s. launching a dozen air strikes against isis militants and bomber jets helping kurdish fighters on the ground retake parts of the mosul dam. they say the dam is critical to the security of the u.s. embassy. can you bring us up to speed, anna? >> caller: good day. the peshmerga forces, special forces. as far as they will let us go. fights on the horizon. they are exploding ied z. the militants have left in their
wake. we understand the peshmerga is within kilometers of the dam hoping to get up to where those forces are fighting. they were hoping to get there yesterday. they were confident yesterday. as i mentioned before, the ieds are on the road, in the field, in buildings. that is certainly slowing down the process. the dam is the largest hydroelectric dam in iraq. it is a critical piece of construction. isis threatened to blow it up, it would be catastrophic. a wall of water that would fall on five in baghdad. it would be catastrophic. it is a very delicate operation
but the peshmerga forces are confident they will be able to capture it sometime today. >> anna, thank you. we'll keep in touch with you to see how that process is going 3 kilometers away from the dam. the clock is ticking on the latest gaza cease-fire. the five-day truce between israel and hamas set to expire in 13 hours. israeli and palestinian negotiators are in cairo talking about prolonging the peace. the demands of the two sides won't be easy to reconcile. the palestinian delegation ends a demand to the economic blockade. fred is live in gaza this morning. fred? >> reporter: hi, christine. it looks like several options are on the table with peace talks. they have to come to an
agreement by the end of the day. it seems as though the range of options is they might not come to an agreement at all. there might be hostilities and rockets coming from gaza. there might be some sort of extension of the cease-fire or possibly a longer term cease-fire. those are the options that are on the table. in the end, what it comes down to in the talks is security concern that is israel has versus economic concerns that the palestinians have. what the palestinians want is they want the blockade that israel imposed on gaza since 2007 to be lifted. they want to be able to build their own sea port, their own airport, come and go when ever they want. they want to inport and export goods when they want. they have security concerns with that. hamas might try to smuggle more rocket parts into gaza. an option that seems to be out there is there could be a
partial lifting of the blockade. there could be international monitors who view what comes in and out of gaza. the israelis are saying they want hamas to disarm. they are tired of rocket fire. one of the things israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu says is there will not be a deal that takes israel security concerns into full focus. that could be a deal breaker. the latest vibe out of cairo is for the past five days, both sides wanted an agreement. the latest we are hearing is both sides are not necessarily optimistic. we have to wait to see if they prolong the cease-fire to give themselves more time to talk these things over. i can tell you one thing from talking to people here on the ground in gaza, they are fed up with the violence. they want a longer term deal. they want economic prosperity. they don't want to be subject to violence again. a lot of people have lost their houses and loved ones.
they are simply fed up with the way things have been going the past couple years. >> the deadline, 5:00 p.m. eastern. thank you, fred, in gaza. we continue to follow the breaking news out of missouri. a night of violence between protesters and police. angry crowds over the shooting of unarmed teenager, michael brown. you are going to hear from protesters caught in the middle of this, ahead.
welcome back. we are continuing to follow the breaking news from ferguson, missouri where police and protesters clashed in the most violent confrontation over a week ago. it happened hours before a midnight curfew was set to take effect. they say protesters encroached on the command post throwing molotov cocktails. this protester claims they were
acting peacefully when police responded with force. >> i did ten years in the military. i know what tear gas is when it's burning my face and my eyes. that's what they were shooting us with. nobody throwing cocktails or fire bombs, nobody shooting. we simply marched up to the command center with our hands up, don't shoot and they started shooting. >> missouri's governor is deploying the national guard. an independent autopsy found michael brown was shot six times, twice in the head, four times in the right arm. european stocks opening higher. global stocks watch iing progre. the u.s. lower on friday. they managed gains for the week. u.s. futures are higher.
investors in safe havens like the bond market. the treasury is at the lowest levels for the year. does that mean a correction is in sight? the bull has more room to run. the hiring is up. not to mention the strength of the quarters profits. 7% of companies exceeded expectations on wall street. 20 minutes after the hour. we'll continue to watch the news on the streets of ferguson. negotiations days after ukraine destroys a russian military convoy come sboog the borders. we are live with what's happening after the break.
23 minutes past the hour. talks aimed at ending the fighting in ukraine. russian -- it followed a weekend of heavy fighting with ukraine's military reportedly making gains. will ripley following breaking news where we learned pro-russian separatists are trying to escape the region. will? >> reporter: christine, within the last two hours, report that is a group of people were trying to escape from the region where some of the most intense fighting has been taking place now. conditions there are unlivable. people need to get out.
as the civilians were trying to get out, they came under heavy artillery fighting using rocket launchers, that sort of thing. it's the latest attack on civilians. entire groups of civilians have been killed. we know this group was receiving an escort from the ukrainian military. that is coming from the ukrainian military and the press office says they couldn't call for help because mobile phones continue not to work in the area. this comes after a very busy weekend. another convoy of what is described as rocket launchers the grad system we have seen used. three of them across from russia in the rebel held territory. a fighter jet, a ukrainian 29 was shot out of the sky over the weekend. the pilot ejected safely. these are examples of how the
violence is intensifying. they were able to retake a police station that the rebels held in the city of donetsk. they raised a ukrainian flag over that region. they entered one of four districts to fight in the city, street by street. as we are seeing in the last couple of hours, the price of this progress is more innocent people dying in the conflict. >> thank you for that. breaking news overnight, police fire tear gas after peaceful protests turn violent. chaos fills the streets of ferguson, missouri. crowds angry over the shooting of michael brown. what happens overnight? we are learning details about the teen's death, next.
breaking news overnight. chaos in the streets of ferguson, missouri. police launching tear gas and firing rubber bullets. the national guard being deployed to the area. plus, information on the deadly shooting of michael brown. what a new coroners report is saying. we have the latest on the story. it's 30 minutes past the hour. we welcome all out of viewers here in the u.s. and around the world. we are following breaking news this morning. violent confrontations between police and protesters in ferguson, missouri ahead of a second night of a curfew. police in riot gear firing tear
gas and rubber bullets. authorities saying police were responding to civilians being shot. vandalism and protesters throwing molotov cocktails. we are learning the results of a private autopsy requested by the brown family. it found michael brown was shot six times, twice in the head, four times in the right arm. ed and steve joining me now live from ferguson. ed, explain to me how this happened here. police are saying there were shots from the crowd toward police. they are saying there were molotov cocktails toward police, a command center was basically charged by the crowd and people in the crowd very upset because the police firing tear gas and rubber bullets to dispurse the crowd. there's a lot of misunderstanding on both sides. >> reporter: it was very chaotic and happened quickly. according to the time line state
police put out a few hours ago. they say about 8:30, they started hearing reports of civilians and gunfire within the crowd. a couple people were wounded in all of that. almost 45 minutes later, during that window, the crowd started moving toward where we are here. this is the command post for the security efforts in ferguson. the main area where these protests have been over the last week is straight out this way, over my left shoulder. that line of protesters and demonstrators started moving toward the command post. they were ordered to stop advancing, stop movements. that's when the canisters of tear gas started getting deployed and things quickly deteriorated. we heard from captain ron johnson and he said at this point, given what was happening, the vandalism, the molotov cocktails that were thrown and the shots that were directed at
police officers, it's not clear how many times i was told, a number of times the police were fired toward. they had no choice but to escalate their response. >> there were multiple reports of molotov cocktails being thrown. police were shot at. makeshift barricades were set up to block police, bottles and rockets were thrown at police. based on these conditions, i had no alternative but to elevate the level of our response. for those who claim the curfew is what led to tonight's violence, i will remind you, it was this incident began before 8:30. three and a half hours before the curfew was to have started last night. >> we were marching peacefully.
we were right in front of the command center. our hands up saying to the police, our hands are up, don't shoot and all of a sudden, they turned around and started shooting tear gas. >> reporter: my colleague cnn producer was in the middle of all that last night. let's talk about a couple things, specifically the molotov cocktails. did you see that? >> we did not. we know they have been used periodically in the last week. a few days ago, several molotov cocktails were thrown on the roof of domino's pizza on the main commercial drag. when they got here, the protesters we saw on footage shot by cameramen we are hoping to get momentarily. we do not see molotov cocktails, not to say it didn't happen
somewhere else in the crowd. we saw a group of protesters, hundreds of them, as they began the march out of ferguson and it was filled with lots of people demonstrating peacefully. they were angry, they were upset. they were peacefully demonstrating as they headed this way. there were families there as well. several people pushing strollers with children. >> reporter: it's a horrible situation. also, you heard, you specifically saw some of the first gunshots and it was heard repeatedly throughout the night. >> we have been hearing it from time to time while we were here in ferguson as the demonstrations went on into the late night hours. you hear gunshots. we were setting up at a location with another crew. that crew had just heard the gunshots and saw the muzzle flashes in a parking lot a few dozen feet away from them. everybody in the area heard the
gunshots. later on, we heard the press conference here talking about the shooting. we know there was a civilian shot at that location, literally a few feet from where we were standing. >> explain to people how quickly it deteriorated. >> that happened before any of the other confrontations, before the riot police deployed with their armored vehicle and before the smoke and tear gas canist s canisters. it deteriorated very quickly. it went from a loud but mostly peaceful demonstration to a very chaotic situation very quickly. suddenly, we looked over our shoulders and this line of police in riot gear and the armored vehicle were heading our way. the demonstrators were retreating back in our
direction. within, it felt like seconds, the tear gas canisters were flying in every direction. one bounced off our vehicle, another hit one of our cameramen. one hit him as he was filming. he saw one gentleman who decided he was going to stand his ground and started walking toward this line of riot police with his hands up. they repeatedly warned him over the loud speakers to back up, to get away, he was too close, he was risking the rest. he would not move, he was standing his ground. he was not being aggressive, but not obeying orders. they fired on him with rubber bullets. he went down, clearly in pain. they surrounded him and arrested him. >> good job last night. it will be interesting as we
have heard so many people complain about the way police handled and the militarization of the response here. it will be interesting to see, given how clearly the security situation isn't improving. now that the governor called for the national guard to come in, it will be interesting to see as people wake up to that news here in ferguson, missouri, what the reaction to that will be and what it means for monday night here in the town of ferguson. >> and whether the tactics of the national guard will be different than you are seeing now. from the law enforcement perspective when people in the crowd are firing on police and people throwing devices toward police. as steve was saying on the roof of dominos and buildings where they are trying to preserve people's property. that becomes very difficult. will the national guard do anything different? it's interesting, ed, because school is supposed to be
starting. school will not start for that local school district simply because the streets are not secure. the town is not secure. they can't open the school year. that really tells you how dangerous the security situation is there. >> reporter: you know, we should point out, too, i think that speaks volumes. considering the areas where you are seeing this violence is really in a contained area along, i would say probably within a mile stretch of this road that is a few blocks away from where michael brown was killed last weekend. so, this one stretch of road that has been so difficult to maintain the security at is really kind of affected what is going on throughout the city here in ferguson. >> ed, we'll check in with you again. thanks for the excellent reporting. a missouri governor deploying the national guard to ferguson. jay nixon saying these violent acts are a disturbance to the
family of michael brown and his memory and the people of the community who yearn for justice to be served and to feel safe in their own homes. a blow to those in charge to the police response. cnns don lemon looking back. >> reporter: overnight here in ferguson, missouri, this is where what you see, a heavy police presence. this is called a hot zone from west down to the command center. the command center where chief ron johnson held a press conference, sounding tired, frustrated. he's exhausted and no doubt, embarrassing. embarrassing to him because he is the man they put in charge because they believed he related to the community. he comes from this community. he's used to dealing with police profiling and discrimination. now, a few bad actors made it worse for him. at first, he took the large tactical units off the street.
he didn't want people pointing guns in people's faces. now, he is having to go back to that. it's not only embarrassing for him, you can hear it in his voice, but embarrassing for the family of michael brown as well. what should be a police unit, a police force that doesn't necessarily relate to the people it is serving and protecting and off a young man gunned down in the middle of the street. don lemon, cnn, ferguson, missouri. >> thank you. we are going to follow this throughout the morning. now to iraq and success for kurdish fighters and a dam that supplies power to the country. the u.s. launching air strikes against isis militants. they included bomber jets for the first time, helping kurdish fighters retake the mosul dam. president obama explaining the strikes saying that dam is critical to the security of the u.s. embassy.
the five-day truce between israel and hamas set to expire in 13 hours. they are talking indirectly about prolonging the peace. the demands won't be easy to reconcile. they must disarm the palestinian delegation. cnns fred is live in gaza. these are well warned demands and the clock is ticking. >> reporter: yeah, it's absolutely ticking, christine. it's going to be difficult. the latest we are hearing is they are left optimistic than they have been over a couple days. the sense you are getting here in gaza is they wanted to work out a truce. it was difficult. now you are hearing a different
rhetoric. prime minister benjamin netanyahu saying there could never be a deal that does not factor in the security concerns they have. the palestinians are saying they want the blockade of gaza to end completely. one thing that seems to be on the table, partial easing of the blockade, more goods would be allowed into gaza and more people allowed to travel in and out of gaza. it's something the palestinian side and the israeli side would be willing to agree to. i can tell you, from here on the ground, christine, certainly the people who used to want the blockades to end, they don't want it to start again. the fishermen are catching nothing because they can only fish in the shores. they are pulling in more trash than fish. people who can't rebuild because they don't have the building materials and they don't know if the hostilities are going to start again. there's pressure to come to an
agreement. there are several scenarios in the cards. one is a longer term agreement. an extension of the cease-fire but we could see the two sides return back to hostilities and that would certainly be devastating, not only for the folks in gaza, but also for us on the other side, on the israeli side as well if the rocket fire continues. christine? >> the cease-fires are so fragile. good point. fred is in gaza this morning. thanks. protests in the streets of ferguson, missouri. peaceful protests turned vie legitimate. the national guard is being deployed to the area. dramatic video ahead.
welcome back. we are following breaking news. new violence in ferguson, missouri more than a week after the shooting of teenager, michael brown. the governor is deploying the national guard to ferguson. hours before the curfew went into effect, police used tear gas and rubber bullets on people who encroached on the command post. >> i was shot in the thigh with this rubber bullet. just to show you the scale of these things, before i even realized what happened to me, i
told myself, i was shot out of nowhere. it fell to the ground. someone else picked it up. i didn't know if it was going to explode. they picked it up and handed it to me. it was a rubber, giant projectile. >> meantime, a private autopsy found brown was shot six times, twice in the head, four times in the right arm. it was conducted by a pathologist at the request of the family of michael brown. we are continuing to follow breaking news out of missouri. first, cry sis in ukraine. peace talks between ukraine and russia. can anything be done to stop troops from moving in? we are live with the latest, next. and now angie's list is revolutionizing local service again. you can easily buy and schedule services from top-rated providers. conveniently stay up to date on progress. and effortlessly turn your photos into finished projects
talks aimed at ending the fighting at eastern ukraine taking place in berlin. they are meeting with counter parts from germany and france. it follows a weekend of heavy fighting between ukrainian forces and pro-russian separatists. ukraine's military making gains in the rebel held city. cnns will ripley is following developments. the ukrainians were able to fly a flag over a police station. it shows the gains they are making there. >> reporter: that's according to the ukraine military. they are making progress.
there's intense fighting with word coming in within the last couple hours that a civilian convoy, people trying to escape came under fire, heavy fire. many casualties, but unconfirmed the number of people killed in this attack. we have seen daily reports of groups of civilians that have died. the talks, the foreign ministers happening in berlin. this is the first time russia sat at the diplomatic table joined by france and germany. the crisis in eastern ukraine. the foreign ministers saying some progress has been made. they are focusing on several key elemen elements, one, diffusing the crisis. any greater military action between russia and ukraine is catastrophic and leads to serious implications for the region and the world. they are talking the humanitarian aid, the importance of getting help to the hundreds of thousands of people caught in
the middle of the battle zone. they desperately need supplies that have been slow to trickle in. on the table, talks of trying to figure out how to establish a cease-fire, how to guarantee the safety of red cross convoys trying to get help into the region. one convoy that sits idle is that humanitarian convoy, the 260 trucks that we have been talking about for several days now. the ukrainian government confirmed this is recognized now as humanitarian aid. there's details that need to be worked out between the red cross, the russians and ukrainians. it's unclear exactly when that convoy could start rolling. we are told a deal could be relatively soon. they have been saying that for several days now.
the trucks and supplies continue to sit on the russian side of the border as the fighting continues to intensify. christine? >> will ripley in kiev, thanks, will. we will continue to follow that as well as breaking news in missouri. a night of violence between protesters and police. angry crowds against the police shooting of unarmed teenager, michael brown. the national guard being deployed to the area. the latest is next.
violence in the streets of ferguson, missouri. tear gas, molotov cocktails and gunfire. protesters furious over the shooting of unarmed teenager, michael brown. national guard troops called to the area. we have the latest overnight and new details. details about how brown died. we are live in ferguson, missouri. good morning and welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. it is monday, august 18th. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's begin with this breaking news chaos in ferguson, missouri. police in riot gear, clashing with protesters hours before a curfew that is now in effect. tear gas, smoke canisters and rubber bullets used on a crowd. police had no choice but to respond after molotov cocktails were thrown at police and gunshots fired at police.