A federal judge in St. Louis has issued a temporary restraining order that gives Ferguson protestors a partial victory. U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson ruled Thursday that police can't release tear gas without first announcing it. Authorities also must give demonstrators an adequate amount of time to clear the area before the gas is deployed.
Judge Jackson turned down a request that tear gas be used only as a last resort saying its use should be at the discretion of the police. She also said the amount of time given to people to clear an area must also be up to the police. Lawyers for law enforcement argued that police actions during the protests following the Ferguson grand jury decision were justified to protect life and property, but opponents argued that the use of tear gas was inconsistent as it targeted lawful protestors, and those committing criminal acts.