Protester: 'I was coming back to help people,' later arrested

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by Adam McDonald / KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 18 at 11:16 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com)–  The atmosphere in Ferguson is growing more tense after shots were fired near where protesters were gathering. News 4 was able to interview a protester from Austin, Texas who was hit by tear gas.

“I wasn’t there when it (tear gas) was initially fired,” Billy, a protester in Ferguson said. “I was coming back to help people.”

Billy said he had been following the events in Ferguson, saw the way protesters were being treated, and decided to travel to Ferguson to help.

“I felt like I needed to come,” he said. During the evening, Billy was hit by tear gas deployed by police. With eyes watering, he continued saying his biggest concern was helping younger citizens deal with their emotions.

“You can see young kids trying to figure out what to do and how to channel their emotions. You might see them about to throw a rock,” Billy said. “Talk to them. Help them.”

He also noted that he never sensed there was an organized group of protesters trying to incite riots, but rather there were “maybe a few individuals.”

News 4 cameras later saw Billy being arrested by police. No further information on his arrest is available at this time.

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