Journal columnist tear gassed by US armed guard during Missouri riots

Christopher Bucktin, the Journal columnist, has spoken of his experience after being tear gassed by the US National Guard in Missouri

Christopher Bucktin braved an onslaught of tear gas shot by St. Louis Police during the Missouri riots
Christopher Bucktin braved an onslaught of tear gas shot by St. Louis Police during the Missouri riots

A Journal columnist has written of his experience after being tear gassed during riots in Missouri where an unarmed teenager was shot dead by police on August 9.

Caught in the tear gas police used on protesters, Chris Bucktin, who is US Editor of the Daily Mirror, was ordered to put his hands up and slowly approach police.

Describing the confrontation in today’s Mirror, he said: “I had 25 armed officers training their assault rifles on my chest as one of them yelled, “Who the f*** are you?”

“I am taken aback as an officer barks: “Walk towards the sound of my voice. Get your hands up. Up. Let me see them.”

“He was quickly joined by a dozen other armed police, all shouting similar orders at me before they manhandled me, patting me down in the search for weapons.

“Thankfully, their lieutenant stepped in, saying: “He doesn’t look like a looter or a criminal. Common-sense, guys.

“He’s in a suit, for Christ’s sake. How many protest in a suit? Let him go.”

Angry protests have taken place on Ferguson’s streets for the last nine nights since unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer.

Chris writes a weekly column for the Journal.

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