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Ferguson, Missouri is once again a hotbed of protest in the wake of the Department of Justice’s findings of rampant racism in a police department that routinely violated the civil and constitutional rights of its Black citizens. Unfortunately, last night (March 11) during a protest outside of the Ferguson police station, two cops were shot. 

Reports the New York Times:

Two police officers were shot here early Thursday morning as gunfire rang out in front of the police station, throwing into panic what had been a spirited — and at times tense — but largely peaceful night of protests.

Demonstrators and police officers alike hit the ground when the gunshots echoed through the crisp air. Many people ran for cover. The police, clad in riot gear, dragged their wounded fellow officers to safety. Others crouched behind cars and walls, drawing their handguns or rifles as they rapidly swiveled their heads every which way to survey their surroundings.

One officer, from the St. Louis County Police Department, was shot in the shoulder, and the other, from the suburban Webster Groves department, was shot in the face. Both were in serious condition, but their injuries were not life threatening, said Sgt. Brian Schellman, a spokesman for the St. Louis County police.

A couple of hour earlier, Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson announced his resignation.

To be clear, anyone shooting at cops isn’t a protester, they’re criminals. They are not one and the same.

Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP Photo