Radio One St. Louis stood outside a courthouse alongside protestors, and citizens of Ferguson anxiously waiting for a grand jury’s decision to indict Darren Wilson, a Ferguson, Mo. police officer who shot Mike Brown, an unarmed Black teenager to death. Silence quickly turned into gun shots as the crowd along with the parents of Mike Brown learned he would not be charged. Smoke and tear gas filled the air as police tried to take control of a community enraged.
Radio One’s St. Louis team was able to capture the real time events that took place in Ferguson that night, and continue their coverage as the aftermath unfolds. See the text transcript of their correspondence to each other to a get the real life chilling experience they encountered while covering this story on the ground.
Check back for updates as we continue to give you up to date coverage from Ferguson and go to NewsOne.com for full coverage.
November 24, 2014
Sheryl Huggins: Mustapha says prosecutor says announcement TK 9 pm ET/8 pm CT
Rob b: Ground team is on the street
Rob b: Stormm is about to send an update
Sheryl Huggins: Great! What is atmosphere like?
Terri is in ferguson. And Ro is also outside of the court house (2/2)
Terri Jae: Calm but crowded in Ferguson
Terri Jae: More officers coming
Terri Jae: Not more than 20 rite now
Rob b: Cool
Rob b: Take pics and video but stay safe most importantly
Rob b: Feel free to get feedback from people there and ask thoughts or why they r there
Rob b: Will send updates via here when potential interviewees come through
Terri Jae: Report of kkk out here
Terri Jae: Crowd went crazy
Terri Jae: Police came out to help surrounded kkk member
Terri Jae: Crowd calmed down o n ce chants of peace for Mike Brown started
Rollster Capone: They are not letting cameras in the court house.
Susan Henry: We heard that on the news as well
Terri Jae: Florissant blocked
Rollster Capone: Tim is trying to get in.
Terri Jae: Random groups blocking Florissant
Rob b: Terri- Can u get pics and video of it
Terri Jae: Calm . again…waiting for decision
Terri Jae: Almost quiet
Kenon White: 2 minute warning
Susan Henry: Susan Henry–They are NOT going to indict!!
Dan Shelley: NO INDICTMENT.
Eob b: Ground team- be careful
Rollster Capone: Ok arrest was made because he threw what appears to be rock towards the government building video on IG.
Susan Henry: Susan H: does anyone have a press pass on the ground in Ferguson? If so. You can get a packet that includes the full list of evidence and the (1/2)
decision at the court house in Clayton (2/2)
Terri Jae: Gunshots fired
Terri Jae: Crowd didn’t completely disperse
Rob b: Dan Shelley just reported Obama about to make statement at 9p est
Terri Jae: Crowd marching toward 70
rob b: Be extremely careful Terri- it got ugly last time they did that. Safety first
Terri Jae: Flares and windows being busted
Terri Jae: Just saw someone shot in the face
Terri Jae: Phone won’t let take pics
Terri Jae: Blocked in by riot truck and gas
Stormm 2: With a gun? Tear gas?
Tim Lampley: My God!!
Terri Jae: Tear gas sorry
Tim Lampley: Terri leave
Terri Jae: They wanted me to take him to the hospital
Terri Jae: Blocked in…about to let phone charge brb
Terri Jae: Have to watch surroundings to many masked ppl. Lol
Rollster Capone: Oh wow. Tim what part of Ferguson are u heading to??
Rollster Capone: Terri are u still in front of the police station?
Rob b: Fyi- tim’s assistant Terri is out for the time being. Someone right in front of her got injured by tear gas and needed medical attention.
No one (1/2)
wanted to help him so she took it onto herself to get him to the hospital (2/2)
Terri Jae: He is at the hospital now…getting Info on him to follow up
Rob b: National guard is being sent in
Rob b: Get out the area asap
Rob b: Tim hit me up when ur safe also
Sheryl Huggins: Agreed please be safe all
Rob b: Ground team pls hit me up when u r safe so I know ur ok.
Rollster Capone: I’m out of the very hostile area on my way to the station
Rollster Capone: It is unsafe there
rob b: And u did great. Please keep us posted so I know u got in safe
Rollster Capone: Gov. Nixon will hold a press conference at 1:30am. Calling for more National Guardsmen.
Rollster Capone: Ok. I am currently in transit to Ferguson. As soon as I can I will do so.
Stormm 2: K call once ur downstairs
Rollster Capone: Not safe
Rob b: Gunshots going off
Rob b: Ground team needs to vacate right now
Terri Jae: Sorry guys had to take him he was bleeding really bad
Terri Jae: Here at St Mary with medics that helped him getting everyone info
Rob b: Terri call me asap
Rob b: Roe is about to give a first hand account as well on air since she’s here
Mustapha Hussein: Major gathering downtown saint Louis at noon
Mustapha Hussein: Busses from out of town arrived 3am
Mustapha Hussein: Many more coming this weekend
Tanita: Can we find out what out of town cities/organizations are arriving?
Mustapha Hussein: Working on that now
Rollster Capone: Leaving the Ferguson area now, heading to downtown St. Louis.
Mustapha Hussein: Will have a camera rolling live feed from downtown
Rollster Capone: Awesome. I’m actually at the press conference
Mustapha Hussein: Protest has shifted to where there are no national guard units set up…en route now
Tim Lampley: Where?
Mustapha Hussein: Natural bridge and kings highway
Mustapha Hussein: Police blocking streets
Mustapha Hussein: Going live in 10 min
Stormm 2: Did you see the breaking news
Tim Lampley: What’s breaking?
Stormm 2: The high speed chase that went through the city to east St. Louis
Dan Shelley: PD car being torched now in front of Ferguson City Hall. What’s going on with our folks???
Rollster Capone: A small group broke away from the group of protestors. Started throwing rocks and bricks at the car first then torched it.
Mustapha Hussein: On the way from shaw to ferguson for live feed
Sheryl Huggins: Hi Tim are you ok and when is your next filing? I need an ETA to have post-production and an online editor lined up
rob b: Hey Sheryl- just providing an update on the ground team and their movements for today
rob b: Areas included going back to ferguson this morning to get the aftermath , interviews with people on their thoughts about what took place, and some (1/2)
additional question and answers (2/2)
rob b: They all attended the al sharpton rally earlier
rob b: However the rally started an hour earlier than it was promoted so quality shots of the proceedings were limited bc there was so much media already there
rob b: They also visited several other areas during the day and this evening including the incident on grand avenue
rob b: Terri collected contact info for several individuals including a federal police officer who is allowed and willing to be interviewed as of tomorrow
rob b: Contact info for potential interviewees will be collected and sent over tomorrow so the ions journalists can select who they may want to follow up on