Ferguson demonstrators to meet in federal court over police use of tear gas

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Ferguson demonstrators are expected to meet in federal court Tuesday, January 6th over police use of tear gas. This comes after they won a temporary restraining order against police when it comes to how tear gas is used. The latest hearing in this ongoing case is set for 9:30a.m. inside of the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse located at 111 South 10th Street in downtown St. Louis. This is the temporary restraining order that Judge Carol Jackson granted the protesters last month after one day of testimony.

Today's hearing will determine what happens next in the case.

Many questions have been raised about the police use of tear gas and other chemical agents to help control and disperse crowds since Michael Brown was killed by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. This case came in the wake of the grand jury decision in November not to indict Wilson which sparked riots in Ferguson and south city.

Police used tear gas then to deal with demonstrators.

In the suit, protestors claimed that police were violating their first amendment rights in some instances when tear gas was used. The protestors claim that police used tear gas to inflict pain and anguish rather than to accomplish any legitimate law enforcement objective.

Judge Jackson agreed in part saying police have to warn protestors before tear gas is used.