Images from Saturday night in Ferguson.

1) Malik Shabazz walking away from tear gas after police volleyed canisters at the peaceful march he was leading.

2) Highway patrol captain Ron Johnson talks to the people on West Florissant.

3) A young boy looks up at the teenagers and young adults chanting from atop a panel van parked at Canefield and West Florissant.

4) SWAT vehicles blocking off the march to police command. As the lead APC came into position it almost connected with the individual you see with his hand extended. The individual then placed his hand on the hood of the APC to better get footage of the driver that nearly crushed him, which caused the gunner of the lead vehicle to freak, which lead to gas being lobbed at demonstrators. At no point did I see molotov cocktails or anything to imply that I was documenting an aggressive or violent congregation of individuals.

These images are only part of the narrative, please check out the rest of my photos from Sunday night over at the Riverfront Times.

A brief selection of photos from Ferguson last night. I left before curfew since I wasn’t completely prepared for the rain but I was down there long enough to feel the unease and tension, as well as to see some of the more jovial aspects of what’s going on in and around West Florissant. Captain Ron Johnson has been down there trying to bridge the divide between demonstrators and the police but, despite his most earnest efforts, that opportunity may have already passed.

Today is another day, of course, and we’ll see what that brings.

My photo of riot cops in downtown Ferguson, Missouri after pushing back protesters made the cover of this week’s Riverfront Times. The bottom image of Mike Brown’s family was taken by the talented Theo Welling.

The police seem to be doing everything they can to make the situation as difficult as possible. It’s exhausting, to say the least.

Abdul Akbar Muhammad, international representative of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, speaks on the steps of city hall in Ferguson, Missouri | 08.14.14

Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy shows respect to the memory of Michael Brown during the Under The Influence Of Music Tour’s stop at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri | 08.12.14

Check out the rest of my photos from the evening over at The Riverfront Times.

Also check out Allison Babka’s piece on Jeezy’s coming to Ferguson and his thoughts on what’s going on in.

Ian Svenonious @ The Luminary Arts Center | 08.12.14

I drove 30 miles after covering a Wiz Khalifa show to see the last 15 seconds of Chain and the Gang’s set but at least I got to talk to Ian for a moment. He was nice enough to do a quick photo.

Some images from the protest at the County Prosecutor’s Office in Clayton, Missouri.

The ladies in the matching blue shirts came all the way from Nashville. The young man in the last image was going full ACAB and folks had to calm him down and inform him that it wasn’t the best time for such an attitude. It was a very peaceful, but very passionate gathering.

More talk about justice and equality, about institutionalized racism.

More silence from the police.

I’m in a weird space today.

Last night I photographed Miley Cyrus for the Riverfront Times, only to find out that the peaceful gatherings in Ferguson, Mo in response to the murder of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year old black teen gunned down by a cop, had turned to rioting and looting.

Around midnight I went out with one of the editors from RFT to see what we could find. The intense police presence kept us from getting into the real messy stuff, perhaps for the best. But we did get to talk to some folks and get something close to a fuller understanding of what was going on.

There’s so much more I want to say but I honestly don’t have the time. I’m going back into the thick of it for the RFT, leaving not long after I finish this post. It’s upsetting, to say the least. People are hurting, they want justice.

They want to be heard.

A quiet, hard lesson in life is that you can’t make other people care.

Even though, despite your best efforts, they’re the only person you’ve been able to have a meaningful conversation about Guy Debord.

Sometimes you get approached by a bloodied, self-proclaimed “gangerbanger” outside a Whataburger in Santa Ana and you think you’re gonna get stabbed by a dude who looks like he still listens to The Offspring, which might have been the inevitable conclusion had a crowd not gathered to gawk at the situation.