Sara Sidner, CNN Reporter, Hit with Rock on Live TV in Ferguson (Video)
Sara Sidner, a CNN reporter, was hit in the head with a rock on live TV in Ferguson, Missouri, on early Tuesday.
The incident with Sidner was captured live. She was pointing to burning buildings in the background when she was hit.
She then appeared to grab her head and go to the ground. “I’m okay, I’ve been hit with much worse in my day,” she said before CNN anchor Jake Tapper urged her to get out of the area.
There was mass unrest in Ferguson following a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown.
CNN reporter just hit with a rock on live TV in Ferguson pic.twitter.com/80SSt4GYqj
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) November 25, 2014
— Chris Duderstadt (@ChrisDuderstadt) November 25, 2014
AP updates: Fires burn in Ferguson, gunshots heard in streets
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Fire and looting have overtaken several businesses after Ferguson protests turned violent.
Multiple fires burned early Tuesday at local businesses, including at storage facility, auto parts stores and a beauty supply shop. An AP photographer saw firefighters arrive at one scene only to be turned back by gunfire.
Not long after it was announced that Officer Darren Wilson wouldn’t be indicted in Michael Brown’s shooting death, protesters smashed a police car’s windows and tried to topple it before it was set ablaze. Some in the crowd tried to stop others from taking part.
Officers lobbed smoke, pepper spray and tear gas from inside armored vehicles to break up the crowds.
The vast majority protesters had dispersed by late Monday, but looting and gunfire still was being reported after midnight.
St. Louis-bound flights rerouted amid protests
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is diverting some St. Louis-bound flights to other airports because of reports of gunshots fired into the sky in Ferguson following a grand jury’s decision not to indict the white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old.
The FAA says about 10 flights had been rerouted from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as of 11:30 p.m. CST Monday. The reason cited was “to provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities.”
The airport posted on Twitter that only inbound planes, not departures, are affected. The facility remains open.
For two weeks after the August shooting, the FAA restricted flights on 37 square miles of airspace, including for news helicopters. The FAA says media aircraft currently are flying just above the flight restriction zone over Ferguson.