As tear gas is deployed to disperse crowds, residents do what they can to help, stay safe

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 13 at 12:10 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV) –- Monday was another frightening night for residents of West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson as police went toe-to-toe with protesters near the QuikTrip that was looted before it burned to the ground.

Police deployed tear gas in an effort to get crowds of people to go home around 9:00 Monday night, but for some home was right behind police lines.

“I just saw people running, grabbing their legs, grabbing their and yelling ‘ow’”, said Patricia Bynes, a resident of the area.  Bynes said she began offering young people rides home.

“You could tell who was scared and who was trying to get home; and you could tell who was not,” she added.  “When it gets dark, I don't want these kids being caught, running scared and then police thinking that they're trying to rob or something in the neighborhood.”

In the same subdivision, Kimberly Gregory and her son hunkered down.  Gregory participated in a town hall meeting, but then stayed in her home the rest of the night, listening to helicopters and popping sounds.

When News 4 asked if she felt scared, Gregory replied, “I was, most definitely.  But I’m not fearful to the fact where I would allow this to prevent me from living my daily life.  I stay prayed up. I always encourage everyone pray. Let’s come together.”

Bynes, a democratic committeewoman, documented her experiences on Twitter.  She said she wanted to get the people who were scared out of the way because it just would have made the situation worse.

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